The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ: 175 B.C. to A.D. 135, Volume 3, Part 2 (New Revised English Edition)

By Emil Schürer

Serious presentation of the entire facts pertaining to Jewish background, associations, and literature from a hundred seventy five BC to advert a hundred thirty five; with up to date bibliographies.

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G r a b e in Spicilegium SS. Patrum ut et Haereticorum saeculi put up Christum natum I , I I & I I I ( O x f o r d , 1698), after h a v i n g c i r c u l a t e d f r o m t h e b e g i n n i n g of t h e s i x t e e n t h c e n t u r y in a L a t i n t r a n s l a t i o n p r e p a r e d by way of R o b e r t G r o s s e t e s t e in t h e t h i r t e e n t h c e n t u r y . ' T h e e x t a n t G r e e okay t e x t of the b o o ok c o n t a i n s n u m e r o u s d i r e c t references to t h e d o c t r i n e of t h e I n c a r n a t i o n a n d for t h i s r e a s o n w a s c o n s i d e r e d by means of its first s t u d e n t s to b e the w o r ok of a C h r i s t i a n . I t c a n notwithstanding be argued that Jewish d o c u m e n t s underlie the composition issued through a C h r i s d a n e d i t o r . T h e b o o ok , as i t s t i t l e i n d i c a t e s , b e l o n g s to the c a t e g o r y of t e s t a m e n t a r y l i t e r a t u r e i n s p i r e d via t h e ' d e a t h - b e d ' d i s c o u r s e s o f J a c o b ( G e n . forty nine) a n d M o s e s ( D e u t . three three ) , a n d c o n t a i n s t h e s p i r i t u a l ' t e s t a m e n t s ' left b y t h e twelve s o n s of J a c o b . T h r e e e l e m e n t s m a y b e d i s t i n g u i s h e d in e a c h T e s t a m e n t , i. T h e p a t r i a r c h r e c o u n t s his life-story, b e w a i l i n g his sins a n d c o m m e n d i n g h i s v i r t u e s . T h e b i o g r a p h i c a l d a t a , t h o u g h g e n e r a l l y in line w i t h t h e biblical n a r r a t i v e , a r e c o n s i d e r a b l y e n r i c h e d w i t h clean h a g g a d i c d e t a i l . 2. T h e p a t r i a r c h a l a u t o b i o g r a p h y is b y a p p r o p r i a t e a d m o n i t i o n s w h i c h pressure t h e n e e d to a v o i d t h e a n c e s t o r ' s sin o r to e m u l a t e h i s v i r t u e . three . T o w a r d s t h e e n d of e a c h T e s t a m e n t , p r e d i c t i o n s c o n c e r n i n g t h e f u t u r e o f t h e t r i b e a r e g i v e n at s o m e l e n g t h , w i t h t h e e x c e p t i o n of t h e T e s t a m e n t o f G a d , w h e r e t h i s part is f o r e s h o r t e n e d . A p a t r i a r c h m a y foretell his d e s c e n d a n t s ' a p o s t a s y from G o d ( o r , w h i c h s e e m s at t i m e s t o be q u a s i - s y n o n y m o u s , t h e i r r e b e l h o n a g a i n s t L e v i a n d J u d a h ) a n d t h a t , a s a end result, t h e y will incur punishment, relatively captivity a n d dispersion. this sort of p r o p h e c y is f r e q u e n t l y a c c o m p a n i e d by way of a n e x h o r t a t i o n t o h o l d speedy to t h e tribes of L e v i a n d J u d a h . short C h r i s t i a n a l l u s i o n s to s a l v a t i o n a r e l i n ok e d to those p r o p h e c i e s in t h e T e s t a m e n t s o f S i m e o n , L e v i , Z e b u l u n , D a n , Naphtali, Asher, Joseph a n d Benjamin. I . Cf S. H. T h o m s o n , The Writings of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln (1940), p p . four 2 - four ; H . J . d e J o n g e , ' L a bibhotheque de Michel C h o m a t e s et l a convention occidentale des Testaments des X I I Patriarches', in M .

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