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Hagar And The Enkyklios Paideia In Philo Of Alexandria

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This chapter presents a brief discussion of Josephus' retelling of the Hagar and Ishmael and a Hellenized account of the Jewish scriptures, visible especially in the portrayal of the main characters. It follows a discussion of Josephus' treatment and focuses on a specific element which particularly reveals Josephus' participation in, and not merely instrumental use of, contemporary Graeco-Roman cultural practices. The chapter describes the relationship between the concubine's son and Isaac in respect of which Josephus seems to foresee a future conflict between them over the succession to Abraham's rule. The sending away of Ishmael and the sons of Keturah to found colonies may be compared with the Roman practice of emancipation. It argued that Josephus retold the biblical narrative keeping in mind contemporary family law concerning marriage and inheritance.

Keywords:Abraham; Hagar; Ishmael; Josephus; Keturah

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