The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Aqedah (Genesis 22) and Its Interpretations

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THE BODMER POEM ON THE SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM

Ton Hilhorst

Among the treasures in the set of papyri acquired by the Swiss collector Martin Bodmer1 is a Greek poem consisting of 30 hexameter lines, headed 'To Abraham'. It has been published twice so far, by Enrico Livrea in 1994 and by André Hurst and Jean Rudhardt in 1999.2 Livrea thanks Hurst and Rudhardt for sending him a transcript of the text and he thanks the Bodmer Library for allowing him to study the papyrus in situ, but in fact he published the text without having received permission to do so. Actually, Hurst and Rudhardt were preparing the editio princeps of the text.3 Small wonder, then, that Livrea's publication is not mentioned in their official 1999 edition. They do mention his conjectures in their critical apparatus, marking them as being by 'Livrea'; however, they apparently base themselves on earlier contacts with Livrea, for at one point they mention three alternatives under his name,4 whereas in his publication he retains only one of these alternatives. In the following, I will base my remarks on the edition of Hurst and Rudhardt, but since Livrea's pirated edition—which is not without its merits—is available, I will also take his article into consideration where it is of interest. Recently, an essay by Pieter W. van der Horst and Martien F.G. Parmentier appeared which contains an annotated translation and offers a wealth of material for comparison from Jewish and Christian (Greek as well as Syrian) sources.5 These three publica-

1 On the Bodmer Papyri, see R. Kasser, 'Bodmer Papyri', The Coptic Encyclopedia
8 (1991) 48–53.

2 E. Livrea, 'Un poema inedito di Dorotheos: Ad Abramo', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie
und Epigraphik 100 (1994) 175–187; A. Hurst and J. Rudhardt, Papyri Bodmer XXX–
XXXVII; «Codex des Visions». Poèmes divers (Bibliotheca Bodmeriana), Munich 1999,
37–56.

3Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 103 (1994) 154 contains three declarations
on this affair: 'Mitteilung der Bibliotheca Bodmeriana' by H.E. Braun, 'Stellungnahme
von E. Livrea', and 'Stellungnahme von A. Hurst und J. Rudhardt'. Cf. also P.W. van
der Horst and M.F.G. Parmentier, 'Een nieuw oudchristelijk geschrift over het offer
van Izaäk', Bijdragen, tijdschrift voor filosofie en theologie 61 (2000) 243–260 at 244 n. 3.

4 Hurst and Rudhardt (n. 2) 47, critical apparatus ad l. 21.

5 See note 3.

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