Friday, March 23, 2007

The Vision of Ezra

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 which 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 including the emendations suggested by Bogaert.