Introduction (INTRO)
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Classical and Near Eastern parallels have been used to illuminate the biblical text for as long as there have been biblical studies. Already according to Philo Judaeus, writing in Greek and living in the shadow of the great Greek library of Alexandria2 in the first half century of the Common Era,3 Abraham “becomes a speculative philosopher,”4 a role-model for the sect of Jewish ascetics that he described as Therapeutae.5 Nine centuries later, Saadiah Gaon,6 likewise born in Egypt7 but living in the equally stimulating atmosphere of Abbasid Baghdad,8 freely employe…

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Hallo, William W., “Introduction (INTRO)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <>

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