Interpretations of the Name Israel in Ancient Judaism and some Early Christian Writings: From…

Hardcover | December 14, 2005

byC. T. R. Hayward

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Ancient peoples regarded names as indicative of character and destiny. The Jews were no exception. This is a critical study of ancient exegesis of the title `Israel' and the meanings attributed to it among Jews down to Talmudic times, along with some early Christian materials. C. T. R. Haywardexplores ancient etymologies of `Israel', and the utilization of these very varied explanations of the name in sustained works of exegesis like Jubilees; the writings of Ben Sira, Philo, and Josephus; and selected Rabbinic texts including Aramaic Targumim. He also examines translational works likethe Septuagint, to illuminate those writings' sense of what it meant to be a Jew.

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Ancient peoples regarded names as indicative of character and destiny. The Jews were no exception. This is a critical study of ancient exegesis of the title `Israel' and the meanings attributed to it among Jews down to Talmudic times, along with some early Christian materials. C. T. R. Haywardexplores ancient etymologies of `Israel', a...

C. T. R. Hayward is Professor of Hebrew, University of Durham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 8.5 × 5.35 × 1.09 inPublished:December 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Hebrew Bible and Jacob's Change of Name2. Jacob's Change of Name and LXX3. Days without Number: Jacob, Israel, and Ben Sira4. Jacob Becomes Israel: The Story as Told by the Book of Jubilees5. The One Who Sees God: Israel According to Philo of Alexandria6. The Name Israel, Philo, and the Prayer of Joseph7. Jacob Becomes Israel: The Account of Flavius Josephus8. Jacob's Change of Name Expounded in Rabbinic Texts9. New Testament Engagements10. Some Patristic Approaches to the Name IsraelConclusion