The Apocryphal Old Testament

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JOSEPH AND ASENETH

INTRODUCTION

On two occasions Origen quotes from a work entitled 'The Prayer of Joseph'.1 On the former occasion he describes it as 'one of the apocrypha current among the Hebrews'; and this would seem to identify it with 'The Prayer of Joseph' mentioned in the lists of apocryphal books.2 Yet this work can hardly be identical with our Joseph and Aseneth inasmuch as: (1) neither of Origen's quotations (and the first is of some length) occur in any known recension of Joseph and Aseneth, and (2) the long prayer in the middle of Joseph and Aseneth (chaps. xii-xiii) is a prayer of Aseneth and not of Joseph.

The first certain notice of Joseph and Aseneth in the West is to be found in the Speculum of Vincent of Beauvais (c.1250). At the appropriate point in his narrative in the Speculum Historiale3 Vincent gives a Latin version of the story, introducing it with the words 'Ex historia Assenech'. This Latin version was reprinted by Fabricius in the first volume of his Codex Pseudepigraphus Veteris Testamenti4 and in his second volume5 he added a fragmentary Greek text (corresponding to something like the first third of Vincent's Latin version), which had been copied for him by J.-C. Wolff from the mutilated Bodleian Cod. Gr. Barocc. 148.

To-day some twenty or more MSS containing the Greek text are known: they date from the 10th to the 19th cents; and in all of them Joseph and Aseneth appears as one of a number of miscellaneous items -- mostly lives of saints and passions. Two quite distinct Latin versions have come to light, and it seems that Vincent's extract represents an abridgement of one of them. A Syriac version

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1
Orig. Comm. in Ioann. ii. 31 (on John i. 6); Philoc. xxiii. 15 (from the lost commentary on Genesis, quoted in Eus. Praep. Evang. VI. xi. 64).
2
For a full discussion see Jonathan Z. Smith, "The Prayer of Joseph" in Religions in Antiquity: Essays in Memory of Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough (= Studies in the History of Religions: Supplements to Numen, xiv; Leiden, 1968), pp. 251-294.
3
ii (118-124).
4
i, pp. 774-784.
5
ii, pp. 85-102.

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The Apocryphal Old Testament
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Abbreviations and Symbols xix
  • Jubilees 1
  • Prologue 10
  • The Life of Adam and Eve 141
  • Appendix - Eve's Account of the Fall from the Apocalypse of Moses XV-Xxx 161
  • 1 - Enoch 169
  • 2 - Enoch 321
  • The Apocalypse of Abraham 363
  • The Testament of Abraham 393
  • The Testament of Isaac 423
  • The Testament of Jacob 441
  • The Ladder of Jacob 453
  • Joseph and Aseneth 465
  • The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 505
  • The Assumption of Moses 601
  • The Testament of Job 617
  • The Psalms of Solomon 649
  • The Odes of Solomon 683
  • The Testament of Solomon 733
  • The Apocalypse of Elijah 753
  • The Ascension of Isaiah 775
  • The Paraleipomena of Jeremiah 813
  • The Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch 835
  • The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch 897
  • The Apocalypse of Zephaniah and an Anonymous Apocalypse 915
  • The Apocalypse of Esdras 927
  • The Vision of Esdras 943
  • Bibliography 946
  • The Apocalypse of Sedrach 953
  • Bibliography 956
  • Index of Scriptural References 967
  • Index of Ancient Authors and Works 973
  • Index of Modern Authors 975
  • Index of Subjects 981
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