Saturday, August 22, 2015

6 Ezra in Greek

CROSSING BORDERS: FRAGMENT OF EARLY CODEX IN GREEK: BOOK 4(6) EZRA. Greco-Roman Egypt, 4th century CE, found at Oxyrhynchus, 4 x 3 in. (10.2 x 7.6 cm), MS. Gr. bib. g. 3(P)r,. This is part of the Crossing Borders exhibition at the New York Jewish Museum. The manuscript fragment is from the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

HT Shayna Sheinfeld and Liv Ingeborg Lied on Facebook.

For more on 6 Ezra, and on this manuscript, see here. Apart from this Greek fragment, which seems to have circulated as an independent work, and a couple of early Latin quotations, the text of 6 Ezra survives only in a Latin translation attached to the Latin text of 5 Ezra and 4 Ezra as the larger work 2 Esdras. On these see this post.

Some recently discovered or little-known fragments of 4 Ezra in various languages are noted here, here, and here.

And by the way, congratulations to Dr. Sheinfeld, who recently successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Between Destruction and Community: Crisis of Leadership in Life and Literature after 70," supervised by Gerbern Oegema at McGill University.