By David Frankfurter
This important contribution to our wisdom of Egyptian Christianity within the past due 3rd century contains dialogue of —the Apocalypse of Elijah as non secular literature;—the Egyptian provenance of the document;—its social and ancient context;—a whole translation.“Frankfurter’s research of The Apocalypse of Elijah is an in depth and inventive piece of labor. His mastery of literary conception and the social-scientific approach is clear all through, and the union of the 2 tools during this paintings is impressive.” —James E. Goehring, Mary Washington College“This ebook is a striking piece of labor. Frankfurter makes a powerful case for using local Egyptian prophetic traditions within the Apocalypse of Elijah.” —Birger A. Pearson, college of California, Santa Barbara>
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57; a n d C o l i n H . R o b e r t s , Manuscript, Society, and Belief in Early Christian Egypt ( L o n d o n : B r i t i s h A c a d e m y , 1979), c h a p . 1. T h e e v i d e n c e s h o w s far m o r e biblical t h a n C h r i s t i a n scriptures w e r e used by C h r i s t i a n s i n E g y p t and, a m o n g those C h r i s t i a n scriptures used, a fairly even d i s t r i b u t i o n o f N e w Testament a n d n o n c a n o n i c a l texts. 2. S o z o m e n , Historia ecclesiastica 7 .
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Also collated and edited by Steindorff, 6 5 this manuscript included another, Sahidic recension of the Apocalypse of Zephaniah; however, it lacks the beginning, the end, and part of the middle of the Apocalypse of Elijah. A colophon to a biblical codex in the British M u s e u m (BM 7594), written in a Greek script but in Sahidic Coptic, was found in 1925 to represent the opening passages of the Apocalypse of Elijah, although the title was not included. 6 6 T h e script is dated to the mid-fourth century.