GOD IN PSEUDO-PHILO BY FREDERICK J. MURPHY Worcester, MA This study will examine the characterization of God in the Biblical Antiquities of Pseudo-Philo. Since the Biblical Antiquities is a narrative, it is important to analyze the figure of God in terms of that narrative. Relevant information includes what God does and says, what people say about him, and how people relate to him. The author does not give an abstract or systematic presentation of God'). He concentrates on the nature of God's activity in history. Why and when and how does God act? Is he just in his action? Is he faithful to Israel? Our analysis cannot discuss all the evidence, but will concentrate on some of the more informative passages. Since the author used the Bible as his main source, our analysis will often be supported by comparison with the biblical text2). ') Pseudo-Philo says that God is life, but interprets that to mean that God is active in human affairs (30,6). Moses tells God that he is all light, but uses that as an argument in his prayer that God not destroy Israel for its sin at Sinai (12,9; cf. 22,3). "Most High" (Fortissimus) is a
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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