• A Robe Like Lightning: Clothing Changes and Identification in Joseph and Aseneth

    Author(s):
    Meredith Warren (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review, Biblical Studies, Late Antiquity, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Biblical studies, Christian Apocryphal Literature, Costume design, Early Judaism, Jewish culture
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Christianity, clothing, Jewish, Late antiquity, hellenistic
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65X1C
    Abstract:
    Joseph and Aseneth is a pseudepigraphic hellenistic romance novel that elaborates on the biblical character of Joseph and his wife aseneth. an expansion of genesis 41: 45, the text describes how aseneth is transformed into a radiant bride t for Joseph, and is thereby associated with his god.1 previous studies may have overstepped the limits of what Joseph and Aseneth is willing to tell us about religious identity; rather than treat the novel as a description (or prescription!) of religious initiation, i propose to view it as a re ection of the complex interactions of Judean and “pagan” modes of religious experience.2 aseneth’s transformation associates her with the divine realm through several methods, one of which, i argue, is her clothing, a culturally anticipated identity marker for both Judeans and “pagans.”
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter
    Author/Editor:
    Alicia Batten, Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Kristi Upson-Saia
    Book Title:
    Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity
    Start Page:
    137
    End Page:
    153
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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