Scribal intent: sociocultural appropriation of the Testament of Abraham in eighteenth-century Romanian lands

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Roddy, Nicolae
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1999
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This paper focuses on the circulation of the Testament of Abraham (TAbr) within its Romanian sociohistorical context in an effort to determine how it is this first-century Alexandrian Jewish narrative found cultural relevance in eighteenth-century Romanian society. Textual analysis shows this Greek apocryphon to have been thoroughly &quot;romanianized,&quot; reflecting a high degree of interaction between its narrative and social worlds. TAbr circulated outside the monasteries, suggesting that monks intended this text to be read by members of the literate <em>boier,</em> or noble class, who might find in Abraham the model of an exemplary &quot;noble man&quot; and remember the impoverished populace living on their own estates.
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Roddy, Nicolae. Scribal intent: sociocultural appropriation of the Testament of Abraham in eighteenth-century Romanian lands. Journal of Religion & Society. 1999, 01/01. 1
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Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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