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Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Biblical Heroes
Michael E. Stone
EJL 49
Publication Date
April 2019



Explore richly embellished Armenian tales of biblical heroes

This fifth book of Michael E. Stone’s English translations of stories from medieval Armenian manuscripts illustrates how authors transmitted and transformed accounts of biblical heroes. Texts focus on important figures such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Daniel and Susanna, and more. This collection reflects not only the richness of Armenian creativity stimulated by piety and learning but also Michael E. Stone’s career-long search for reworkings of biblical traditions, stories, and persons in the Armenian tradition.


  • A rich tradition of biblical exegesis and commentary, much of it in genres of the older apocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature
  • Reflections on the roots of Armenian texts in ancient Judaism and earliest Christianity
  • Texts, translations, and a critical apparatus

Michael E. Stone (Ph.D., Harvard) taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1966 to 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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This is Early Judaism and Its Literature 49. See more available volumes in the EJL series.