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This chapter covers the following topics: 1) the exegetical nature of the Genesis Apocryphon, and 2) its provenance and date of composition. The Genesis Apocryphon is an exegetical work based on the book of Genesis. It also provides a summary of the main points that have emerged in earlier chapters. While the nature and purpose of the Apocryphon greatly resemble the Book of Jubilees, the preceding chapters have shown that its characteristic methods and concerns have less in common. After surveying the evidence, there are a number of factors recommending an early to mid 2nd cent. BCE date for the Genesis Apocryphon, rather than the now standard 1st cent. The chapter lists these factors. The Genesis Apocryphon is a remarkably creative and rare example of second temple period Jewish exegesis from the Hellenistic era.

Keywords: Genesis Apocryphon; Hellenistic era; Jewish exegesis; second temple period



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