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Bibil Identifier bibil:226755
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Traversing the Heavens: The State of Scholarship on 3 Baruch
Author Hilton, Naomi Henare
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 22, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 247-268 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It is often remarked that 3 Baruch has been largely overlooked by scholarship. This article explores how this situation has arisen and what the implications might be. By examining the history of scholarship on 3 Baruch, this article proposes that several factors have been at work. First, the challenging nature of the text itself: it is often confusing, it assumes significant prior knowledge in the audience, and it exists in Greek and Old Church Slavonic versions that vary in content. Second, and more significantly, the initial negative reception set a tone that influenced much subsequent scholarship. Third, the vagaries of academic interest have often consigned 3 Baruch to the sidelines. Instances where it has fit the trend have generally produced introductory material, but little exegesis. These factors have, until recently, led scholarship to overlook the exegetical value of the Slavonic tradition, and more broadly, to undervalue 3 Baruch as a source for the study of early Judaism and Christianity. This article encourages a more sympathetic attitude to 3 Baruch and a more critical approach to academic inquiry.
DOI 10.1177/0951820713491676
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Jeremiah-Baruch : Greek Apocalypse of Baruch / 3 Baruch
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