Geography in Early Judaism and Christianity: The Book of Jubilees

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James M. Scott focuses on a particular Old Testament pseudepigraphon—The Book of Jubilees. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach based on detailed analysis of primary sources, much of which is seldom considered by New Testament scholars, and explores the neglected topic of ancient geographical conceptions. By studying geographical aspects of the work, Dr. Scott is able to relate Jubilees to both Old and New Testament traditions, bringing important new insights into Christian concepts of annunciation.

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The is a mid-second century BCE pseudepigraphon which presents itself as the divine revelation that Moses received on Mt. Sinai and wrote down by dictation. In this text, Scott (religious studies, Trinity Western U., British Columbia) traces the appropriation of the in early Christian sources from the New Testament to Hippolytus and beyond, with particular focus on the reception of Jubilees 8-9, an expansion of the so-called Table of Nations in Genesis 10 (I Chronicles I). For New Testament scholars. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Scott's far-ranging study will be of interest to specialists in early Judaism and early Christianity, as well as to students of ancient and medieval cartography and chronography...his study, a mine of information for future research, demonstrates how much there is to learn about the Christian reception of Jewish literature from the period of the Second Temple." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
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James M. Scott is Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University, British Columbia. He is author of Adoption as Sons of God (1992), Paul and the Nations (1995), and 2 Corinthians (1998), and is editor of Exile: Old Testament, Jewish and Christian Conceptions (1997).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Mappamundi of Queen Kypros 5
2 Jubilees 8-9 23
3 Luke-Acts 44
4 Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27-71 97
5 Theophilus of Antioch 126
6 Hippolytus of Rome 135
7 Medieval Mappaemundi 159
Conclusion 171
Notes 177
Bibliography 259
Index of ancient literature 305
Index of modern authors 329
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