Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

9 Did the Gentiles Know Who Abraham Was?

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Sometime in the second half of the second century ce, the Platonist philosopher Celsus published his Alêthês Logos. In this attack on Christianity, he also dealt very critically with the Greek Bible, including the Jewish part of it, the Septuagint. In one of his critical passages, he remarks that circumcision did not originate with the Jews because this custom had been taken over by them from the Egyptians. In his refutation the formidable Christian scholar Origen states that it is better to believe Moses "who says that Abraham was first among men to be circumcised". This chapter focuses on two questions: (1) is there independent proof that gentiles used the formula 'the God of Abraham (and Isaac and Jacob)' for magical purposes? (2) Is Origen right in saying that these gentiles had no idea who Abraham is? The answer to both questions will turn out to be a qualified yes.

Keywords: Abraham; Alêthês Logos; gentiles; Greek Bible; Origen; Septuagint

10.1163/9789004271111_010
/content/books/b9789004271111_010
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Studies in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation