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Humility And Leadership

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This chapter argues that Pseudo-Philo's reshaping of the text has also reshaped just who constitutes a leader, and how. It also argues that Pseudo-Philo is not just interested in appropriate leaders but in appropriate authorities. The chapter examines a group of characters who occupy traditional "leader" roles, Abram, Amram, Kenaz, and Deborah, and then several whose lives center around the home, Seila, Elumah, and Hannah, in order to identify the cognitive blends that lie behind their claims to moral authority. Humility, for the women in this text whose scope of life falls almost entirely inside the home, does not normally involve the risk of life, but rather the risk of humiliation. Pseudo-Philo is making the clear point that faithfulness to God is a matter of public and private behavior; models for both are provided in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum.

Keywords: humility; Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum; Pseudo-Philo



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