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Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity

Jill Hicks-Keeton


Arguing with Aseneth shows how the ancient romance Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene in ancient Jewish debates surrounding gentile access to Israel’s God. With attention to the ways in which Aseneth’s tale “remixes” Genesis, wrestles with Deuteronomic theology, and adopts prophetic visions of the future, Arguing with Aseneth demonstrates that this ancient novel inscribes into Israel’s sacred narrative a precedent for gentile inclusion in the people belonging to Israel’s God. Aseneth is transfo ... More

Keywords: Second Temple Judaism, Joseph and Aseneth, conversion, Jew/gentile boundaries, pseudepigrapha, rewritten Bible, living God, Jewish identity, apostle Paul, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Hicks-Keeton, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma