The Apocryphal Old Testament

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Apocalypse. He makes no mention of Christians as such, or of Christian worthies; and there are no explicit references in the Vision to the New Testament (other than to Herod 'who in Bethlehem of Judaea killed young children because of the Lord'). On the other hand, there are references to 'the Lord's Day' (10), to 'baptism' (46), to the 'Mass' (10 LH), to 'confession' (26 VH, 36 VH, 64), and to 'penance' (36 VH, 64). And with this agrees the author's concentration on the torments in Hell. The Apocalypse of Peter (? 2nd cent.) provides a very early example of Christian interest in these matters, and the Apocalypse of Paul (xxxi-xliv) another, rather later (4th cent.).

About the date of the Vision it is impossible to say very much. If it was written in Latin, it could be as late as the 10th cent. (the date of the earliest MS). If, on the other hand, our Latin text is a translation of a Greek original, any date between the 5th and 9th centuries is possible.7


BIBLIOGRAPHY

EDITIONS

G. MERCATI, Note di letteratura biblica e cristiana antica (= Studi e Testi, V; Rome, 1901), pp. 61-73.

O. WAHL, Apocalypsis Esdrae. Apocalypsis Sedrach. Visio Beati Esdrae (= PVTG iv; Leiden, 1977), pp. 49-61.


TRANSLATIONS

German

P. RIESSLER, AjSaB2, pp.350-354.

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In his edition Mercati drew attention to the fact that the phrase 'because of the Lord' (propter dominum), which occurs at the end of the description of Herod (38), is found also in one of the antiphons set in some breviaries for use at Lauds on Holy Innocents' Day. Does this mean that the author of the Vision wrote in Latin and was influenced by the Liturgy, or that a translator from Greek was so influenced, or that the phrase was added by a later copyist?

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The Apocryphal Old Testament
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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