The Apocryphal Old Testament

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THE APOCALYPSE OF ZEPHANIAH AND AN ANONYMOUS APOCALYPSE

INTRODUCTION

The details of the discovery of the Coptic MSS containing the text of these apocalypses, the problems involved in the arrangement of the individual leaves in some sort of intelligible order, and the opinions of the editors and other scholars who have worked on them, have already been treated in the Introduction to The Apocalypse of Elijah.1

According to Steindorff three distinct works are preserved in these leaves, in varying degrees of completeness: (1) an apocalypse of Zephaniah, of which only a very small portion has been preserved on one side of one of the Sahidic leaves,2 and to the text of which there is no parallel in the Akhmimic; (2) an apocalypse of Elijah, contained on the last thirteen Akhmimic leaves in the order in which Steindorff arranged them, and also on the remaining six Sahidic leaves, which offer (with gaps) a parallel text to a considerable portion of the Akhmimic text; and (3) an 'Anonymous' apocalypse contained in the first nine of the Akhmimic leaves.

Nearly all subsequent authorities have followed Steindorff to the extent of distinguishing the first two apocalypses -- the passage on the single Sahidic leaf where Zephaniah speaks in the first person ('Truly I, Zephaniah, saw') has been generally regarded as conclusive evidence that on this leaf, at least, we have before us part of the text of a Zephaniah apocalypse, while the colophon at what appears to be the end of the Akhmimic codex ('The Apocalypse of Elijah') was usually taken to be sufficient proof that what immediately precedes it was the text of an Elijah apocalypse, even before the publication of the much fuller Sahidic text of this apocalypse contained in P. Chester Beatty 2018 left no doubt at all about its separate identity.

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1
See above, pp. 753-5.
2
The text on the other side of this leaf is illegible.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Abbreviations and Symbols xix
  • Jubilees 1
  • Prologue 10
  • The Life of Adam and Eve 141
  • Appendix - Eve's Account of the Fall from the Apocalypse of Moses XV-Xxx 161
  • 1 - Enoch 169
  • 2 - Enoch 321
  • The Apocalypse of Abraham 363
  • The Testament of Abraham 393
  • The Testament of Isaac 423
  • The Testament of Jacob 441
  • The Ladder of Jacob 453
  • Joseph and Aseneth 465
  • The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 505
  • The Assumption of Moses 601
  • The Testament of Job 617
  • The Psalms of Solomon 649
  • The Odes of Solomon 683
  • The Testament of Solomon 733
  • The Apocalypse of Elijah 753
  • The Ascension of Isaiah 775
  • The Paraleipomena of Jeremiah 813
  • The Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch 835
  • The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch 897
  • The Apocalypse of Zephaniah and an Anonymous Apocalypse 915
  • The Apocalypse of Esdras 927
  • The Vision of Esdras 943
  • Bibliography 946
  • The Apocalypse of Sedrach 953
  • Bibliography 956
  • Index of Scriptural References 967
  • Index of Ancient Authors and Works 973
  • Index of Modern Authors 975
  • Index of Subjects 981
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