Jannes and Jambres


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Jannes and Jambres

(jăn`ēz, jăm`brēz), in the Bible, opponents of Moses. Tradition gave these names to Pharaoh's magicians. One of the PseudepigraphaPseudepigrapha
[Gr.,=things falsely ascribed], a collection of early Jewish and some Jewish-Christian writings composed between c.200 B.C. and c.A.D. 200, not found in the Bible or rabbinic writings.
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Since recognizing, on his first visit to the Chester Beatty Library in 1971, the significance of some previously unpublished and largely unidentified Jannes and Jambres papyrus fragments, Pietersma has devoted a considerable part of his academic career to making sense of the fragments while piecing together the traditions concerning the two Egyptian magicians.
Pietersma's quarter-century involvement with these fragments and with the Jannes and Jambres traditions offers readers a master's control of the data, particularly important when dealing with dozens of text fragments and traditions spanning several centuries and cultures.
Seeing who Jannes and Jambres are said to be, we may safely infer that they condone rather than condemn.