Aseneth of Egypt: The Composition of a Jewish Narrative

Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll


Series: Early Judaism and Its LiteratureVolume: 53
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 10


Aseneth of Egypt: The Composition of a Jewish Narrative examines texts of Joseph and Aseneth for common elements in order to propose a base storyline that can be used to locate the story’s origin. Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll contextualizes the story of Joseph and Aseneth in Hellenistic Egypt by demonstrating how the base storyline reflects the literary impulse of Greek-speaking Jewish writers to redescribe their identity in Egypt and Judean connections to the land of Egypt, while incorporating Ptolemaic strategies of legitimation of power.

Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. She translated and authored the commentary on Joseph and Aseneth in Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture (2013).