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Abraham'S Angels: Jewish And Christian Exegesis Of Genesis 18–19

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One of the most famous icons of all time is the depiction of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev from the early fifteenth century, known as the only authentic work of this legendary iconographer. By focussing on the guests of Abraham, depicted as angels in the icon, Rublev transformed the subject of the icon from Abraham's hospitality to a representation of the Trinity. Rublev's icon reflects a typical Christian approach to exegesis of Genesis 18. This biblical episode has been treated in a number of different ways in Jewish and Christian tradition of Late Antiquity, and, this chapter presents examples of exegetical encounter which focus on the topic of Abraham's guests. It is essential for the traditions under analysis for evidence of 'encounter' to be assessed and understood within their respective internal contexts before turning to comparative analysis. It examines rabbinic sources on this subject followed by the corresponding patristic material.

Keywords: Abraham; Andrei Rublev; angels; biblical; Christian exegesis; Genesis 18; Jewish; patristic material; rabbinic sources; Trinity



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