Manasseh, Prayer of

A non-canonical work inserted towards the end of the Apocrypha. Manasseh reigned as king of Judah from 698 to 642 BCE and was totally condemned by the Deuteronomic author of 2 Kgs. 24:3 and held responsible for God's punishing the people by the Exile in Babylon. In course of time his reputation was rehabilitated somewhat (see preceding article). This prayer was composed in Greek by an Alexandrian Jew in the 1st cent. BCE as an example of what his prayer of penitence might have been. It was not included in the LXX and was never in the Hebrew OT, but in some Greek MSS it was added to the Pss. and it appears in the Apocrypha in Protestant Bibles. It was not, however, recognized as one of the deuterocanonical books by the Roman Catholic Church, but may be printed as an appendix.

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  • MANASSEH, PRAYER OF — MANASSEH, PRAYER OF, brief penitential psalm incorporated among the books of the apocrypha . According to II Chronicles 33:11ff. Manasseh, king of Judah, repented his sins when he was taken to Babylonia in fetters (cf. also II Baruch 64:8).… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Manasseh, Prayer of — ▪ apocryphal work       apocryphal work (noncanonical for Jews and Protestants), one of a collection of songs appended to the Old Testament book of Psalms in several manuscripts of the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Hebrew Bible). The… …   Universalium

  • PRAYER — PRAYER, the offering of petition, confession, adoration or thanksgiving to God. In the Bible The concept of prayer is based on the conviction that God exists, hears, and answers (Ps. 65:3; cf. 115:3–7) – that He is a personal deity. In a sense it …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Manasseh — [mə nas′ə] n. [Heb měnaṣṣeh, lit., causing to forget] 1. Bible the elder son of Joseph: Gen. 41:52 2. the tribe of Israel descended from him: Num. 1:34 3. a king of Judah in the 7th cent. B.C. 2 Kings 21:1 18 4. PRAYER OF MANASSES …   English World dictionary

  • Prayer of Manasses — [mə nas′əs] n. a book of the Old Testament Apocrypha attributed to MANASSEH, King of Judah: abbrev. Pr of Man …   English World dictionary

  • Prayer of Manasseh — The Prayer of Manasseh is a short work of 15 verses of the penitential prayer of the Judean king Manasseh. Manasseh is recorded in the Bible as one of the most idolatrous (2 Kings 21:1 18); however, after having been taken captive by the… …   Wikipedia

  • Manasseh of Judah — For other people of the same name, see Manasseh (disambiguation). Manasseh (Menasheh ben Hizqiyah) King of Judah (Melekh Yehudah) Reign coregency 697 687 BC …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer of Manasseh — noun A book of the Apocrypha of the Bible. See Also: Pr. of Man …   Wiktionary

  • ELIEZER BEN MANASSEH BEN BARUCH — (mid 18th century), preacher in western Russia and author of an ethical work. In his youth, Eliezer spent some time studying in Berlin. It is not known who his teachers were or what he studied there. After some years of traveling, he was… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • biblical literature — Introduction       four bodies of written works: the Old Testament writings according to the Hebrew canon; intertestamental works, including the Old Testament Apocrypha; the New Testament writings; and the New Testament Apocrypha.       The Old… …   Universalium

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