By Theodore A. Bergren
6 Ezra is a quick oracular writing that's integrated within the biblical Apocrypha because the ultimate chapters (15-16) of Ezra, or 2 Esdras. solid because the phrases of God mediated via an unnamed prophet, the most a part of the paintings units forth predictions of drawing close doom for the world.
_ There hasn't ever been an enormous research of 6 Ezra or perhaps a whole severe variation of the publication, and certainly little has been written approximately it because the 19th century. This ebook is designed to fill that hole, providing an in depth research of the textual content itself, and addressing the questions of its social surroundings, provenance, date, non secular association, and recensional state of affairs of the textual content. it is going to serve to make this crucial textual content available to a much wider viewers, whereas laying the principles for its extra research.
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16:68-72). These descriptions are, in my opinion, too direct, detailed, graphic, and emotionally charged to derive abstractly from the mind of an author. The community within which 6 Ezra was written either had experienced such persecution firsthand or had had contact with other communities that had. Assuming that 6 Ezra was in fact written by a Christian, the details of 16:68-72 suggest that the persecution was a religious one, directed by pagans against a Christian community or communities with religious motivations.
20 SIXTH EZRA It is true, of course, when we argue for a place of composition in Asia, that the mere direction of extensive polemical attention against a particular region does not necessarily indicate the provenance of the polemicist. Were this the case, the biblical prophets would be as readily locatable in Babylon, Egypt, Edom, or Moab as in the land of Israel. But given the absence of any other likely provenance for the book, and especially given the highly personal and immediate tone of the treatment of Asia in 15:46-63, this seems, on purely internal grounds, to be by far the most likely possibility for the provenance of 6 Ezra.
Riquier, later at St. , from Echternach V Abulensis: Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional vitr. , from Leon To these witnesses, which also form the main textual base for 5 Ezra and for the Latin version of 4 Ezra, must be added the fourth-century Greek fragment of 15:57-59 found at Oxyrhynchus (X). In the case of the Latin version of 4 Ezra, the reason for limiting the number of complete significant manuscripts to these eight is well known. They are the only Latin manuscripts that contain (or contained, in the case of S) the celebrated "missing fragment" of 4 Ezra 7:36—105.