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Joseph, Prayer of
An Old Testament pseudepigraph, number 3 in the Stichometry of Nicephorus (Westcott, Canon of the New Testament7 , 571), with the length given as 1,100 lines, and number 5 in the List of Sixty Books (Westcott, 568). The work is lost, and the only quotations are in Origen ( In Joan ., ii. 25, English in Ante-Nicene Fathers , IX, 341; In Gen ., iii. 9,12). Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are said to have been created before every work, but Jacob-Israel is the greatest, "the firstborn of every living creature," the "first minister in God's presence," greater than the angel with whom he wrestled. The purport may be anti-Christian, the patriarchs exalted in place of Christ; compare, perhaps, Enoch 71 (but not so in Charles' 1912 text), but Origen's favorable opinion of the book proves that the polemic could not have been very direct.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Joseph, Prayer of'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/j/joseph-prayer-of.html. 1915.
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