Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Abraham

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Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Abraham
Author Michael E. Stone
Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012

Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Abraham

Reviewer E. Douglas Clark

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Over a decade ago while attending an annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, I heard Professor Michael Stone mention he was working on a group of medieval Armenian texts containing traditions about the Patriarch Abraham. Having spent considerable time gathering every Abrahamic tradition I could find, I was excited at this news and asked when the work would be published. Professor Stone replied that it would not be soon. Since then, I have eagerly looked forward to this volume.

As one of Stone's many publications on Armenian apocrypha, and a sequel to two of those in particular (Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Adam and Eve and Armenian Apocrypha Relating to the Patriarchs and Prophets), this new tome takes its respected place in the field of biblical studies. It offers transcriptions and translations of fifteen previously unpublished late medieval Armenian manuscripts recounting stories about the man revered as the forefather of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Of immediate interest to scholars, students, and lay readers alike, this material holds special significance for Latter-day Saints, to whom this review is primarily directed.