Book III of the Sibylline Oracles and Its Social Setting: by Rieuwerd Buitenwerf

By Rieuwerd Buitenwerf

This quantity features a thorough learn of the 3rd booklet of the Sibylline Oracles. This Jewish paintings used to be written within the Roman province of Asia someday among eighty and forty BCE. It deals insights into the political beliefs of the writer and his notion of the relation among Jews and non-Jews, particularly within the box of faith and ethics. the current research involves 3 components: 1. introductory questions; 2. a literary research of the ebook, translation, and remark; three. the social environment of the e-book. It goals to extra the scholarly use of the 3rd Sibylline ebook and to enhance our wisdom of early Judaism in its Graeco-Roman atmosphere.

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III, namely Sib. Or. fr. i, ii, iii, and III 63-92. Some further passages in book III (for example, the end of the book, III 809-829) are identified by Bleek as later Christian additions. Bleek's study was a milestone in the history of the interpretation of the Sibylline Oracles. No scholar after Bleek has doubted the Jewish origins of the major part of Sib. Or. III. ' 2 In 1832 F. 13 In this chapter, he largely agrees with Bleek's assessment of Sib. Or. III and the latter's assignment of distinct passages to successive stages of the book's growth.

RESEARCH IN THE NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURIES 45 aspora from the second century BCE. 62 Geffcken published an article and a book about the origins of the Sibylline Oracles. In his article `Die babylonische Sibylle', which appeared in 1902, he discusses the relationship between Sib. Or. 63 He argues that some passages of Sib. Or. III were originally part of a Hellenistic Babylonian Sibylline book.

Compare W. Otterspeer, Groepsportret met Dame 2. De vestiging van de macht. De Leidse universiteit 1673-1775, Amsterdam 2002, pp. 315-316. 74 Gallaeus, Dissertationes de Sibyllis earumque oraculis, pp. 304-487. 75 S. Gallaeus, ZtR'l)AXtaKo xprlaµoi, hoc est, Sibyllina oracula, ex veteribus codicibus emendata, ac restituta et commentariis diversorum illustrata. , Amsterdam 1689. See the `praefatio', p. 1. 76 Cf. also J. Geffcken, Oracula Sibyllina, Einleitung, p. xii. 77 A. Hamilton, The Apocryphal Apocalypse: The Reception of the Second Book of Esdras (4 Ezra) from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, Oxford 1999.

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