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Isaianic Traditions In The Apocrypha And Pseudepigrapha

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The importance of the book of Isaiah within the writings of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha is clearly indicated by the numerous allusions to Isaiah that they contain. This chapter examines the use of Isaiah in the Ascension of Isaiah and other texts that specifically refer to the prophet. The Ascension of Isaiah focuses on two topics, the martyrdom of Isaiah and his role as a visionary. The presentation of Isaiah as a visionary has been built up on the tradition that Isaiah had seen God. The tradition of the martyrdom of Isaiah is alluded to in a number of apocryphal and pseudepigraphical writings, but it is only in the Paraleipomena of Jeremiah that the allusion is linked to any kind of reference to the book of Isaiah itself. Like Isaiah, Jeremiah suffers a martyrs death because of his proclamation of the coming of the Son of God.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Ascension of Isaiah; Paraleipomena of Jeremiah; Pseudepigrapha



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