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A. PIETERSMA, The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres

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What is of immediate interest is that the author of the epistle, whether Paul or someone else, could presuppose acquaintance, on the part of his entire readership, with the tale of Jannes and Jambres. Generically, the Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres may best be described as a magus legend. More work remains to be done on the ancient Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres and more texts are certainly welcome. That is to say, it is first and foremost a magician's tale. Eliza M. Butler, the well-known Germanist, in her book The Myth of the Magus (Cambridge, 1948), has delineated a total of ten features which characterize such legends, though not all are of equal importance nor need all be present in every case. This chapter also presents supplements to Vetus Testamentum.

Keywords: Apocryphon; Jambres; Jannes



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