Evidence for the
Text of 6 Ezra
As noted in chapter 1, the primary textual base for 6 Ezra consists of eight Latin manuscripts that are known not to depend exclusively on any other extant manuscript of the work. They are as follows:
Sangermanensis: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale latin (11504-)11505; 82½2 C.E., from|
St. Riquier, later at St. Germain des Prés
|A||Ambianensis: Amiens, Bibliothèque Communale 10; 9th c., from Corbie|
Complutensis 1: Madrid, Biblioteca de la Universidad Central 31; 9-10th c., from|
Toledo or southern Spain, then at Alcalá de Heñares
Mazarinaeus: Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine (3-)4; 11-12th c., from les Cordeliers|
Bruxellensis: Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale ler Série (9107-)9109(-9110); 12th c.,|
Epternacensis: Luxembourg, Bibliothèque Nationale 264; 1051-1081 C.E., from|
|V||Abulensis: Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional vitr. 15-1; 12-13th c., from Ávila|
|L||Legionensis 2: León, Real Colegiata de San Isidoro I,3; 1162 C.E., from León|
To these witnesses, which also form the main textual base for 5 Ezra and for the Latin version of 4 Ezra, must be added the fourth-century Greek fragment of 15:57-59 found at Oxyrhynchus (X).
In the case of the Latin version of 4 Ezra, the reason for limiting the number of complete significant manuscripts to these eight is well known. They are the only Latin manuscripts that contain (or contained, in the case of S) the celebrated "missing fragment" of 4 Ezra 7:36-105. Accounts of the unpublished discovery of this lost section in manuscript C by J. Palmer, the independent deduction of its existence by J. Gildemeister, and finally its discovery in manuscript A and publication by R. L. Bensly are readily available 1 and need not be repeated here. It suffices to state that the "missing
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Publication information: Book title: Sixth Ezra:The Text and Origin. Contributors: Theodore A. Bergren - Author. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 28.
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