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3 Baruch: Greek-Slavonic Apocalypse of Baruch (Commentaries by Alexander Kulik

By Alexander Kulik

This paintings presents the main to at least one of the main enigmatic Jewish Hellenistic texts preserved in Greek and Slavonic. even though three Baruch is without doubt one of the significant early Jewish apocalypses, it's been quite missed in sleek scholarship, most likely due to the fact that three Baruch is without doubt one of the such a lot tricky works to understand and classify. Its content material differs considerably from that of alternative writings of a similar style, because the e-book preserves syncretistic principles and developments that are mixed in detailed methods. The worldview, the message, and the very textual constitution of three Baruch are enigmatic in lots of respects. the current research demonstrates that the textual historical past of three Baruch, implicit meanings and structural hyperlinks in its textual content, in addition to conceptions in the back of the textual content, are in part reconstructable. furthermore, three Baruch, thoroughly learn, considerably enriches our knowing of the background of the motifs present in early Jewish lore, now and then delivering lacking hyperlinks among diverse phases in their improvement, and preserves vital facts at the roots of Jewish mysticism, proto-Gnostic and proto-Christian traditions. The examine comprises the creation, synoptic translation, textual notes, and certain commentaries.

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That is why he did not permit Adam to touch it, and that is why the devil being envious deceived him through his vine” (4:8G). S confines itself to mention of the serpent, which is omitted in G and replaced by the expanded explanation. G provides biblical background, never given explicitly in S, and adds widely known motifs of the identification of the serpent of Eden with the devil, and their envy toward man. – “It [Flood] removed the shoot of the vine completely” (4:10G). In S only one shoot is removed.

Although initially having been created “beautiful,” now it waxes and wanes, since it did not hide itself during the transgression of Adam and Eve. G adds that the moon and the “suspended” stars do not dare to shine in the presence of the sun. The sun outshines the stars, and the moon, although “being intact,” is exhausted by its heat. In the next heaven, the “third” heaven (only in G), there is another plain 18 Introduction (G; or “mountain” in S) with a lake inhabited by diverse birds, and especially cranes (or birds similar to cranes in size in S).

Git. 56a). “one speech [,ydxX ,yrbd ]” (Gen 11:1) of the Deluge generation interpreted as “sharp things [,ydx ,yrbd ]” (cf. Gen. Rab. 7, where ,yrbd ,ydx [X ] is interpreted as “sharp words”) “Adam … was divested of the Glory of God” (4:16G; cf. Apoc. Mos. 20:2; 21:5–6; cf. Gen. Rab. 6; Tgs. Gen 3:21; Pesiq. R. 2; Pesiq. Rab Kah. 5; Pirqe R. El. ) First humans’ “garments of skin [rvi tvntk ]” (Gen 3:21) interpreted as “garments of light [rvX ] tvntk ;” Ezek 28:13; Gen. Rab. 12; Pirqe R. El. 20; Abot R.

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