By Richard Bauckham
Including nearly all identified surviving pseudepigrapha written prior to the increase of Islam, this quantity, between different issues, provides the sacred legends and non secular reflections of various long-dead authors whose works have been misplaced, overlooked, or suppressed for plenty of centuries. first-class English translations besides authoritative but available introductions deliver these historical files to lifestyles for readers today.
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7 Adam Octipartite/Septipartite has been integrated into the larger narrative of the creation and of Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve, but in one or two others, it is an autonomous account, with headings that vary (“Concerning the Body” ; “How God Created Adam” ; “Concerning How Many Parts Adam Was Made o f” ). Where it has been integrated into the larger story of the Garden, we find only the bare list of Adam’s composition from the eight elements; the discussion o f the balance of these elements is not found.
Society o f Biblical Literature, 2005); Lorenzo DiTommaso, The Book of Daniel and the Apocryphal Daniel Literature (SVTP 20; Leiden: Brill, 2005). 50. Anke Holdenried, The Sibyl and Her Scribes: Manuscripts and Interpretation o f the Latin Sibylla Tiburtina c. ioso-1500 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006). XXXVll Introduction Jeremiah Apocryphon Baruch (quoted by Cyprian) Visions of Ezekiel Apocalypses of Daniel (Greek) Apocalypse of Daniel (Syriac) Danielic Prognostica Oracles of Daniel 4 Ezra (Armenian translation) 6 Maccabees 7 Maccabees 8 Maccabees (embedded in the Chronicle of Malalas) Revelation of Gabriel Pseudo-Philonic Sermons on Jonah, Samson, and God Apocryphon of the Seven Heavens Signs of the Judgment Quotations from unidentified Old Testament-related works Alleged quotations from the Old Testament not found in extant texts Conclusion The Old Testament pseudepigrapha are an important and much neglected part of the bib lical tradition.
Moreover, as will become clear from the discussion below, the strong connection of the tradition with “question-answer” type texts suggests that it may have originated in Greek monastic circles, in which such texts were popular and from which they were commonly translated into other languages. l. Latin Texts The very earliest Latin manuscripts of Adam Octipartite bear witness to the existence of two types of the account (see Table 1), based on the elements that are listed. In fact, one of the early manuscripts (Codex Vaticanus Latinus Reginae Christianae 8462) contains both versions, back to back.