Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs


Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
A Christian work of the 2nd cent. CE, though the core of it is a Jewish document containing doctrines found also in the Dead Sea scrolls (e.g. a belief in two Messiahs) and therefore in existence before 70 CE. The content, exhortations supposedly given by Jacob to his sons on his deathbed, is a compendium of ethical instructions, but the Jewish traditions have been reinterpreted in the Christian interest.

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