The messenger of the Lord in early Jewish interpretations of Genesis [electronic resource] / Camilla H�elena von Heijne.Material type: TextSeries: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift f�ur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft ; 412.Publication details: Berlin ; New York : De Gruyter, c2010Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 417 p.) : illISBN: 9783110226850 (electronic bk.); 3110226855 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Angels in the Bible | Bible. Genesis -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism | Angels in the Bible | Bible | Criticism, interpretation, etc | Genesis | History and criticism | O.T | Rabbinical literature | Religion | RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Angelology & Demonology | Genesis | Midrasch | Weisheitsliteratur | Engel | Fr�uhjudentum | Exegese | Engel JahwesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Messenger of the Lord in early Jewish interpretations of Genesis.DDC classification: 235/.3 LOC classification: BS1199.A5 | H45 2010ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references (p. -399) and indexes.
Defining the issue -- Early Jewish exegesis : a survey -- The ambiguous identity of the angel -- The angel of the Lord : early Jewish interpretations of Genesis -- Comparative analysis and conclusions.
Texts like Genesis 16, 22 and 31 mention an enigmatic figure, "the messenger/angel of the Lord". The identity of God and this angel is merged. The angel is anonymous and speaks with divine authority as if he is God Himself, there being no clear distinction between sender and messenger. The angel accepts being worshipped by men and is acknowledged as divine. This book explores the ambiguous relationship between God and his angel in early Jewish interpretations of Genesis. The study is set in a wider context as part of the development of angelology and concepts of God in early Judaism.
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