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Pseudo Philo's Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum

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Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (LAB) is a text written by an unknown Jewish author sometime between 50 C.E. and 150 C.E. This chapter addresses some of the disagreements in author's assessment of Pseudo-Philo's LAB. In particular, it examines whether repentance is required for God's forgiveness; whether moral leaders are defined by their willingness to risk or their passive acceptance of God's will; whether God's character needs to be protected or wrangled with; and whether Pseudo-Philo is exceedingly monotonous or a gifted storyteller able to marshal a huge range of biblical tropes to make her points. The chapter also explores, given Pseudo-Philo's argument that intermarriage equates to idolatry and that these are the two greatest sins, what we can learn from this about the community of Pseudo-Philo.

Keywords: God; Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (LAB); Pseudo-Philo



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