Next Event: 22 January, 2004

"Lust, Chastity, Endogamy, and Typology: Early Jewish and Christian traditions about the marriage of Aseneth and Joseph"
Ross S. Kraemer, Brown University

THE THIRD MEETING OF THE 2003-04 YEAR will be held on Thursday, 22 January 2004, from 7-9 pm in the Second Floor Lounge, Logan Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. For some backgrounding on the topic (which is a continuation of the previous year's topic), see the PSCO web page for the topic and especially Kraft's Introduction to Parabiblical Literature (with links to electronic versions of M. R. James' Lost Apocrypha and similar materials with early Christian focus).

Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall, Second Floor Lounge (southeast of Locust Walk and 36th Street Walk) or go directly to the Food Court in the basement of Houston Hall (just east of Logan, along Spruce Street), where an international variety of food choices is available at reasonable prices.

Background and Other Information Regarding This Meeting

Ross suggests that participants might want to read the following.

a) The text(s) and translations of Aseneth --

  • Greek (shorter text) and French translation in M. Philonenko, Joseph et Aseneth (Brill 1968);
  • new edition of the Greek longer text, Joseph und Aseneth: kritisch herausgegeben von Christoph Burchard (Brill 2003).
  • English translation by Burchard, in Charlesworth, OTP:
  • English translation by D. Cook (of the shorter text), in H.F.D. Sparks, AOT;
  • my own slightly revised translation incorporating parts of the longer text(s) into what is generally a translation of Philonenko's text is due out momentarily from Oxford in Women's Religions in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook, but probably not in time for the PSCO meeting. There's also my original translation in Maenads, Martyrs, Matrons, Monastics (Fortress 1988), for those who have it handy.

b) Kraemer, When Aseneth Met Joseph: A Late Antique Tale of the Biblical Patriarch and His Egyptian Wife, Revisited (Oxford 1998), chs. 8-9 (on dating and authorial identity); the appendix (Aseneth in Rabbinic Traditions).

c) People with far too much time on their hands could also look at my article in the Kraft festschrift (Scholars 1999; now handled by Duke University Press), "Could Aseneth Be Samaritan?" which treats Samaritan interests in Aseneth.

Web fans may also want to consult Mark Goodacre's Aseneth page.