References and quotations in patristic writers make it clear that several other books, either attributed to, or connected with, Baruch were known in antiquity in addition to the Baruch of our Apocrypha and the books translated in the present collection. Thus, we hear of: (1) a book of ' Baruch', to which three MSS of Cyprian Testimonia ascribe an otherwise unknown quotation of some twelve lines, which appears (in these MSS only) at Test. iii. 29: (2) a book, from 'near the end of which' an alleged prophecy of Christ's birth, mode of dress, death, and resurrection, is quoted in the Altercatio legis inter Simonem Iudaeum et Theophilum Christianum of the monk Evagrius;1 and (3) a Gnostic book which is quoted and discussed at length by Hippolytus.2 But about these books we have no further information. As books they have disappeared completely.
The Syriac Apocalypse only narrowly escaped a similar fate. For reasons at which we can but guess, it seems to have been especially popular in the Syriac-speaking churches of the East and on occasion to have been included in the Syriac Bible. Normally, however, only chaps. lxxviii-lxxxvi were included in the Bible; and these chapters appeared as an independent work, with the title 'The Epistle of Baruch', or something similar, and with no hint that they were an extract. It thus came about that, although the 'Epistle' was well known to the modern world because it was found in a____________________