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Forgiveness in the intertestamental period

Sang-Mong Lee, Gerald T. Hughes, Francois P. Viljoen

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 33, No 1 (2012), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v33i1.484

Submitted: 23 November 2010
Published:  15 February 2012


The article suggests answers to the following questions: what are the characteristics of God’s forgiveness in the intertestamental literature and what connection do these characteristics have with the Old Testament? Important passages in the late Second Temple period that expose the characteristics of God’s forgiveness, such as certain Qumran texts (1QH 12:35–37, 1QH 13:2 and the Damascus Document 14:18–19), the writings of Philo and Josephus, the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha, are investigated for this purpose.

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Sang-Mong Lee, North-West University, South Africa
Gerald T. Hughes, North-West University, South Africa
Francois P. Viljoen, North-West University, South Africa


Forgiveness; Intertestamental Period; Qumran; Philo: Josephus; Apocrypha; Pseudepigrapha


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