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Farewell Discourse
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The farewell discourse is a literary genre found in biblical and early Jewish literature. Its characteristic feature – as distinct from the ultima verba of illustrious men of Hellenistic-Roman literature – is the combination of a fictitious farewell scene and a speech in which a pious man from Israel's past passes on his spiritual legacy to those entrusted to him before he departs (either through death or translation). The speech contains a parenesis and a prediction for the future. The genre can be used as a framework (T.12 Patr., As.Mos.) or as a subgenre in larger…

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Theobald, Michael, “Farewell Discourse”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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