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Abraham Meets Death by Jared Ludlow; Lester L. Grabbe (Series edited by)This book examines the narratives of the two Greek recensions of the Testament of Abraham. The genre, characterization, and plot of each recension are discussed and then compared. Ludlow illustrates that Recension A used comedy and humour to give a sophisticated treatment of death, the figure death, and judgment and mercy.
Four Powers in Heaven: The Interpretation of Daniel 7 in the Testament of Abraham by Phillip B. MunoaThis book explores the influence of Daniel 7 on the Testament of Abraham, a late first-century Jewish text. Just as the early Jesus communities made use of apocalyptic passages, so, too, other Jewish communities, like that behind the Testament of Abraham, worked to interpret the same enigmatic passages. This intra-Jewish interest was rooted in pre-Christian speculations about exalted biblical figures and fuelled by a dependence on the same scriptures.
The Testament of Abraham, of which there are two Greek recensions (one longer, A, and one shorter, B) and which is extant in numerous languages (Arabic, Coptic Bohairic, Ethiopic, Romanian, and Slavonic), is most likely a Jewish composition dating to the first century. In the first nine chapters, the archangel Michael vainly seeks to obtain the soul of Abraham, who refuses to die. A deal is arranged in which Abraham agrees to come with Michael if he can first see the created world, a wish that is granted and described in an apocalyptic section that covers 10-14. When he returns home, Abraham refuses to die, but he is eventually tricked by Death.
Studies on the Testament of Abraham by George W. Nickelsburg (Editor)
Testament of Abraham by Dale C. AllisonThis first verse-by-verse commentary on the Greek text of the Testament of Abraham places the work within the history of both Jewish and Christian literature. It emphasizes the literary artistry and comedic nature of the Testament, brings to the task of interpretation a mass of comparative material, and establishes that, although the Testament goes back to a Jewish tale of the first or second century CE, the Christian elements are much more extensive than has previously been realized.