"Much More Ours Than Yours": The Figure of Joseph the Patriarch in the New Testament and the Early Church

by Fortner, John L

Abstract (Summary)
This paper investigates the figure of Joseph the patriarch in early Christian interpretation, demonstrating the importance of such figures in articulating a Christian reading of the history of Israel, and the importance of this reading in the identity formation of early Christianity. The paper also illumines the debt of this Christian reading of Israel’s history to the work of Hellenistic Judaism. The figure of Joseph the patriarch is traced through early Christian interpretation, primarily from the Eastern Church tradition up to the 4th century C.E. The key methodological approach is an analysis of how the early church employed typological, allegorical, and moral exegesis in its construction of Joseph as a “Christian saint of the Old Testament.” A figure who, to borrow Justin Martyr’s phrase, became in the Christian identity “much more ours than yours.”
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:early christianity biblical interpretation joseph the patriarch philo josephus testaments of twelve patriarchs testament apostolic fathers justin martyr origen aphrahat ephrem john chrysostom eusebius preparation for th


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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