Function and Setting.
In the Didascalia and the Apostolic Constitutions, the story and prayer of Manasseh are part of a long instruction to bishops and provide the basis for an appeal to accept penitent sinners back into the fold. Alongside this pastoral function, the prayer's inclusion among the Odes suggests a devotional or liturgical use for this text. A similar pair of alternatives can be imagined in a Jewish setting. The prayer and its narrative context should be studied together with an eye towards Jewish texts that recast Scripture (see e.g. 1QapGen 20 and other texts discussed in Nickelsburg 1981: 231–68).