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X. The Future of Israel in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

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This chapter discusses the position of Israel in a number of passages dealing with the future resurrection of the patriarchs. Some remarks are made on the Sin-Exile-Return passages; the repetition of the pattern in the Testament of Levi on the one hand, and in the Testaments of Zebulun, Naphtali and Asher on the other. The chapter examines some Levi-Judah passages. Special discussion is devoted to the complex passage T.D. 5,10-6,10. The Testaments, related to the twelve sons of Jacob, emphasize Israel's special responsibility towards God and Jesus Christ, but do not call into question Israel's share in the final salvation. In all passages reviewed Israel's special position receives emphasis. Exhortations, predictions of sins and warnings are closely connected; they are repeated with a certain insistence and have an urgent character.

Keywords: Israel; testament of Levi; testaments of Zebulun; twelve patriarchs



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