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Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Angels and Biblical Heroes
Michael E. Stone
EJL 45
Publication Date
October 2016


Explore how the vivid and creative Armenian spiritual tradition shaped biblical stories to serve new needs

Michael E. Stone’s latest book includes texts from Armenian manuscripts that are relevant to the development and growth of biblical themes and subjects. Most of these texts have not been published previously. Stone has collected a fascinating corpus of texts about biblical heroes, such as Joseph and Jonah, Nathan the Prophet, and Asaph the Psalmist. In addition, he has included documents illustrating particular points of the biblical story. This work reflects not just on how the Bible was interpreted in medieval times, but also how its stories and details were shaped by and served the needs of the vivid and creative Armenian spiritual tradition.


  • Expanded stories from Exodus
  • Introductions,translations, and notes
  • Insights into the Armenian "Embroidered Bible," through which many biblical incidents were known to Armenian literature, art, and thought

Michael E. Stone (Ph.D., Harvard) taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1966-2007, where he was Gail Levin de Nur Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Armenian Studies. He was awarded the earned, senior doctoral degree, D.Litt., by the University of Melbourne and holds honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He has been awarded the major Israeli National Prize, the Landau Prize for Contribution to the Humanities. Now retired, he continues an intensive program of research.

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