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Demonstrable Instances Of The Use Of Sources In The Pseudepigrapha

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The question of the relationship between Aramaic Levi Document (ALD), Jubilees and the Greek Testament of Levi (TPL) has long intrigued scholars. There are two facets to an analysis of the relationship between texts. On the one hand, one must account for shared features, on the other hand, for divergences. This chapter focuses on Levi's elevation to the priesthood in order to demonstrate how TPL and Jubilees adopted and adapted material from ALD to suit their purposes. In ALD Levi's investiture is directly related to the book's stress on the transmission of correct priestly lore and cultic teaching from generation to generation. The Shechem episode also demonstrates shared exegetical traditions between TPL and Jubilees and their modification to advance the Testaments' ideology. The Shechem incident has been viewed from many different perspectives, both in antiquity and in modern scholarship.

Keywords: Aramaic Levi document (ALD); Greek Testament of Levi (TPL); Jubilees; Shechem



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