Good Stuff

Through bibliacalia comes the following links:

Link to a site with the Greek text of Josephus with commentary. Way cool.

And this post on a second century canon of the Old Testament listing (gasp!) some of the “Apocrypha.”

4 thoughts on “Good Stuff

  1. “25. δεσδρα • εσδρα α” – i.e., Esdras (Ezra) I – seems to be the only “apocryphal” book in the list, if I’m reading it correctly. (Esdras b is our Ezra + Nehemiah). Correct? I.e., no Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, etc. – which seems to argue against the “apocrypha.”

  2. Hi guys,
    The Cod. H. list seems to be entirely dependent on the list I present from Epiphanius. This would place the date of the list to the late 4th century, approximately the time when the Ignatian letters were expanded into the Long Edition (perhaps by the author/compiler of the Apostolic Constitutions, as has been argued), and the time the collection of Cod. H. was established, and, perhaps, the date of the manuscript from which Cod. H. was copied. The Macedonian period, during which Cod. H. was written, was one of antiquarian interest, so this fits with what’s known of other interests at the time, the copying of pre-Christian classics experiencing much popularity at the time, too.

    The numeration of the Esdras books has always been tricky. It’s more likely in this list that Esdras A’ would refer to Ezra, and Esdras B’ to Nehemiah, precisely because of the lack of other “apocrypha” in the list. This is a minority tradition of numeration in Greek, with the more common numeration being as you mention, Esdras A’ as the apocryphal book, and Esdras B’ as the combined Ezra-Nehemiah. Although it doesn’t represent the outlying schema, like the minority Greek numeration I mention above, I’ve put the more common Ezra book numerations in a handy chart, which might prove useful.

    (PS, Benedict Seraphim, it’s just biblicalia, no extra a or o in the middle.)

  3. Benedict Seraphim, I tried to resist, really. This actually happens quite often. I perhaps should have made up some other name that isn’t so easily supersyllablated (I just made that word up, and I like it!), but it was so appropriate to the blog.

    I’m very happy for your chrismations. Reading your account brings back memories. Mine was Holy Monday 2000. I had been Roman Catholic. I remember the senses of new belonging and not-belonging (to the world, to other things), the hope and relief and a bit of fear, and the realization that it was not so much the ending of something, but the beginning of so much more. And all that is still unfolding. All I can suggest is to just let yourself grow. Don’t worry, don’t push yourselves, just grow, like the grass, like the trees. It’s natural, and your growth happens, as long as you have the Sun [sic] feeding you!

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