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Jewish Studies

Andrei A. Orlov

Yetzer Anthropologies in the Apocalypse of Abraham

[Yetzer Anthropologien in der Apokalypse des Abraham.]

2020. Approx. 210 pages.
forthcoming in November

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In this book, Andrei A. Orlov examines the yetzer anthropologies found in the Apocalypse of Abraham. He argues that a close analysis of these anthropologies challenges previous scholarly hypotheses that that yetzer was only sexualized and gendered for the first time in post-Amoraic sources.
In this book, Andrei A. Orlov examines the imagery of »inclination« or yetzer found in the Apocalypse of Abraham. He argues that the text operates with several yetzer anthropologies, some of which are reminiscent of early biblical models, while others are similar to later rabbinic notions. Although the author focuses on the traditions found in the Apocalypse of Abraham, he also treats the evolution of the yetzer symbolism in its full historical and interpretive complexity through a broad variety of Jewish and Christian sources, from the creational narratives of the Hebrew Bible to later rabbinic testimonies. He further argues that a close analysis of the yetzer anthropologies found in the Apocalypse of Abraham challenges previous scholarly hypotheses that yetzer was only sexualized and gendered for the first time in post-Amoraic sources.
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Andrei A. Orlov Born 1960; 1990 PhD at Institute of Sociology (Russian Academy of Sciences); 1995 MA and 1997 MDiv at Abilene Christian University (TX); 2003 PhD at Marquette University (WI); Professor of Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Marquette University (WI).

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