AN ARABIC MANUSCRIPT OF THE APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH BY P. SJ. VAN KONINGSVELD Leiden In 1974 my colleague, Dr. W. BAARS, showed me the microfilm of an Arabic manuscript of Mount Sinai, viz. nr. 589 of the handlist of Aziz Suryal Atiya 1). Both Atiya and Murad Kamil described this manuscript as containing the Prophecy of Baruch, followed by the Book of Ezra 2). It was BAARS' conjecture, however, that these des- criptions were unaccurate and that the first of the two texts should in fact be identified as the Apocalypse of Baruch. After a collation of the manuscript with the extant editions and translations of the various versions of the Apocalypse of Baruch 3), I am now not only able to confirm BAARS' erudite conjecture, but also to draw attention to the fact that this manuscript contains a translation of the text commonly known as the S)'riac Apoca?p.re of Baruch. Of this Apocalypse of Baruch only one Syriac manuscript survived, viz. the one in the Ambrosian Library at Milan. Of the Greek "Vorlage" of this Syriac translation only a few tiny papyrus fragments are extant. The supposed Hebrew original is lost. In view of such scarcity our
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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