Online Critical Pseudepigrapha

Several new texts have been added to the excellent Online Critical Pseudepigrapha project:


Vision of Ezra
,  edited by Ian W. Scott and David M. Miller
The editors of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha are pleased to announce the publication of a new document, the Vision of Ezra. Although its provenance is uncertain, this Latin text is closely related to 4 Ezra (2 Esdras) and other Ezra pseudepigrapha. This new edition, edited by Ian W. Scott and David M. Miller, reproduces the text of manuscript Vat. Barberini lat. 2318. This manuscript, first published in 1984 by P.-M. Bogaert, is the fullest form of the document to survive. Since this manuscript was not available during the preparation of Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, it contains material that is not included in the standard English translation by J. R. Mueller and G. A. Robbins. If Bogaert is correct, though, this manuscript represents the oldest extant form of the Vision of Ezra. This OCP edition of the Latin text is published without critical apparatus but includes the emendations suggested by Bogaert.

History of the Rechabites: Edition 1.1
The final proofreading of the History of the Rechabites has been completed. Edition 1.1 brings the OCP edition into conformity with Charlesworth’s printed text (J. H. Charlesworth, The History of the Rechabites I: The Greek Recension [SBLTT 17; Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press, 1982]), except where the editors have corrected Charlesworth’s edition. A list of these corrections is provided in the Text Status section of the introductory page for History of the Rechabites. Versions of the History of the Rechabites (also known as the Story of Zosimus) are extant in several languages, including Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Slavonic and Arabic; this edition for the OCP includes only the Greek evidence. Work on a full critical apparatus has now begun under the direction of R.S.H. Nikolsky.

Assumption of Moses  edited by David M. Miller
The document entitled the Assumption of Moses or the Testament of Moses in modern editions of the Pseudepigrapha is a Jewish work that most scholars agree was completed in the first half of the first century C.E. It has survived in one poorly preserved sixth-century Latin palimpsest discovered by A. M. Ceriani in the Ambrosian Library of Milan, published in 1861. The OCP edition adds the standard chapter and verse references but in all other respects is identical to Ceriani’s excellent transcription of the manuscript.