Aseneth and the Sublime Turn

B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199754519
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827213 | DOI:
Aseneth and the Sublime Turn

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This chapter analyzes Joseph and Aseneth, attending to the densely descriptive, figurative, and allusive language in the tale of Aseneth’s conversion to becoming both Joseph’s wife and a model venerator of Joseph’s God. The ancient literary critic, Longinus, provides a critical lexicon and a literary-rhetorical exploration of sublimity, threat, and cultural transformation that may be placed alongside Joseph and Aseneth to generate reciprocal insights. Aseneth becomes first the exemplar of the mutability of metanoia, but then a city of refuge, modeling virtues of clemency, self-control, and civic service.

Keywords: Joseph and Aseneth; desire; virginity; metanoia; conversion; Longinus

Chapter.  14173 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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