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A Literary Analysis of the Genesis Apocryphon

A Literary Analysis of the Genesis Apocryphon © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/147783511X594906 Aramaic Studies 9 . 1 ( 2011 ) 139 – 162 Aramaic Studies www.brill.nl/arst A Literary Analysis of the Genesis Apocryphon Rocco Bernasconi University of Manchester From the time of its first publication in 1956 to date, scholars have frequently attempted to define the literary genre of the Genesis Apocryphon ( 1 QapGen [ 1 Q 20 ]) and various labels such as ‘Targum’, ‘Midrash’, ‘rewritten Bible’, ‘parabiblical text’ or ‘apocalyptic text’ have been proposed. None of these has proved satisfactory, either because they are too generic or too loosely applied (‘parabiblical text’ and ‘rewritten Bible’) or because they only fit certain parts or features of the text but not the whole of it (‘Targum’, ‘Midrash’, ‘apocalyptic text’). More recently, Moshe Bernstein proposed to describe the Apocryphon as a ‘multigeneric text’ or as a Mischgattung . 1 These two labels, in being so general and uninformative, are clear evidence of the di ffi culty in defining the genre of the Genesis Apocryphon. 2 The reason why the Genesis Apocryphon has proved so di ffi cult to classify is not only its loose stylistic and narrative uniformity, which defies straightforward genre http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

A Literary Analysis of the Genesis Apocryphon

Aramaic Studies , Volume 9 (1): 139 – Jan 1, 2011

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1477-8351
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10.1163/147783511X594906
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/147783511X594906 Aramaic Studies 9 . 1 ( 2011 ) 139 – 162 Aramaic Studies www.brill.nl/arst A Literary Analysis of the Genesis Apocryphon Rocco Bernasconi University of Manchester From the time of its first publication in 1956 to date, scholars have frequently attempted to define the literary genre of the Genesis Apocryphon ( 1 QapGen [ 1 Q 20 ]) and various labels such as ‘Targum’, ‘Midrash’, ‘rewritten Bible’, ‘parabiblical text’ or ‘apocalyptic text’ have been proposed. None of these has proved satisfactory, either because they are too generic or too loosely applied (‘parabiblical text’ and ‘rewritten Bible’) or because they only fit certain parts or features of the text but not the whole of it (‘Targum’, ‘Midrash’, ‘apocalyptic text’). More recently, Moshe Bernstein proposed to describe the Apocryphon as a ‘multigeneric text’ or as a Mischgattung . 1 These two labels, in being so general and uninformative, are clear evidence of the di ffi culty in defining the genre of the Genesis Apocryphon. 2 The reason why the Genesis Apocryphon has proved so di ffi cult to classify is not only its loose stylistic and narrative uniformity, which defies straightforward genre

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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