By Alexander Kulik

This paintings presents the main to 1 of the main enigmatic Jewish Hellenistic texts preserved in Greek and Slavonic. even though three Baruch is likely one of the significant early Jewish apocalypses, it's been particularly missed in smooth scholarship, most likely for the reason that three Baruch is among the so much tough works to realize and classify. Its content material differs considerably from that of alternative writings of an identical style, because the ebook preserves syncretistic rules and trends 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 heritage 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. additionally, three Baruch, accurately learn, considerably enriches our knowing of the historical past of the motifs present in early Jewish lore, now and then delivering lacking hyperlinks among assorted levels in their improvement, and preserves vital facts at the roots of Jewish mysticism, proto-Gnostic and proto-Christian traditions. The examine comprises the advent, synoptic translation, textual notes, and specified commentaries.

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For unless its wings, as we said before, were screening the rays of the sun, no living creature would survive” (8:7) – inner explanatory reference to 6:6 absent is S. The men’s virtues are brought “before the heavenly God” (11:9G; in 14:2G again God is mentioned only in G; cf. 15:2S). This is implicit in 13:5. “And the angel told me, “These flowers are the virtues of the righteous” (12:5G). This identification in S may easily be deduced from 11:9 and 12:4. 4. Other Textual Phenomena G also shows textual developments which are free from ideological or hermeneutic considerations, like parablepsis in 4:2G or duplication in 7:3–5aG.

The urge to shameful deeds never dwells with such people” (Euripides, Fr. 910). What in the pagan world was a religious concern for the life of gods, often identified with hierophanic nature, had to find alternative justifications for a Jewish explorer. A Jewish approach to the observation of nature was more ambiguous: on the one hand, “Lest you raise your eyes heavenward and observe the sun, the moon and the stars, and you are enticed to bow to them and serve them” (Deut 4:19), and on the other, “When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, I am inspired to realize my insignificance in relationship to God, who is overwhelming” (Ps 8:4).

The “pure” (only S) birds unceasingly praise God (both G and S). ” They are taken by clouds only from here (S) or also from the sea, while in the latter case only these celestial waters can cause the earth to produce fruit (G). The angel takes Baruch to the next heaven, identified as the “fifth” heaven (although the “fourth” has not been mentioned), where Baruch faces the closed gate, upon which the names of men are inscribed (S). The gate opens only to admit the commander-in-chief Michael, the key-holder of the Kingdom, descending from behind it with a great sound to receive the prayers of men.

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