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Genesis Apocryphon
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[German Version]

Fragments of 22 text columns (the most complete being II, XII, XIX–XXII) have been preserved of an Aramaic retelling of Genesis, of which the extant text encompasses Gen 5:28–15:4. The manuscript dates from the decades around the beginning of the common era; a Qumran-Essene authorship cannot be corroborated. In terms of literary genre, the text may be characterized as an embellishing paraphrase containing Targum-type translation passages (Bible translations: I, 4) and midrashic segments, though the composition as a whole can neither be classified…

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Lichtenberger, Hermann, “Genesis Apocryphon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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