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Appendix: Tanhuma, Lek Leka 1–4

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The recent systematic study by Donaldson of almost all the texts generally cited as evidence for Jewish attitudes to Gentiles from ca. 300 BCE to ca. 150 CE will undoubtedly prove a boon to scholars. Donaldson conscientiously analyses each text, placing it in its literary context according to author, audience, and genre, and doing his best to see each extract as the product of a particular time and place. There is a need also to balance the eirenic attitudes examined by Donaldson against the farmore hostile stance to be found in a number of the texts analysed in this chapter. It addresses the greatest impact by examining how a range of Jewish and Christian literature treated one biblical text. The chapter has also shown how both Jews and Christians were to interpret the figure of Abraham in all sorts of other ways in the centuries after Paul.

Keywords: Abraham; Calvin; exile; midrashic tradition



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