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Abraham, Testament of
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By most accounts, the Testament of Abraham is an originally Alexandrian Jewish text, composed in Greek sometime around the turn of the Common Era. An engaging narrative, the Testament of Abraham recounts the final days of the patriarch’s long, righteous, and hospitable life but defies the testamentary genre with its uncharacteristic humor, irony, and lack of a testament. In the longer, more coherent version (see the recension issue below), God sends his archangel Michael to remind Ab…

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Roddy, Nicolae, “Abraham, Testament of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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