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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

Religious Teaching.

According to Prayer of Manasseh, repentance is a divine gift that allows the worst of sinners to be accepted back into the covenant and have its curses turned to blessing. Even Manasseh, whose apostasy caused the destruction of the temple and the holy city, could be forgiven and, according to the narrative context, reckoned to be righteous, as was Abraham, the first recipient of the promise (Ap. Con. 2.22.16; Gen 15:6 ). This moralizing focus on the vices and virtues of a biblical figure, implicit in the prayer and explicit in the narrative, is typical of Jewish and Christian literature of the Graeco-Roman period (e.g. Jub., T. Job, T. 12 Patr.).

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