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New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only
Orlov, Andrei A. and Gabriele Boccaccini, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2012 pp. xiv + 471. $221.00

Series Information
Studia Judaeoslavica, 4

Description: New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only presents a collection of papers from the fifth conference of the Enoch Seminar. The conference re-examines 2 Enoch, an early Jewish apocalyptic text previously known to scholars only in its Slavonic translation, in light of recently identified Coptic fragments. This approach helps to advance the understanding of many key issues of this enigmatic and less explored Enochic text. One of the important methodological lessons of the current volume lies in the recognition that the Adamic and Melchizedek traditions, the mediatorial currents which play an important role in the apocalypse, are central for understanding the symbolic universe of the text. The volume also contains the recently identified Coptic fragments of 2 Enoch, introduced to scholars for the first time during the conference.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Pseudepigrapha, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Coptic, Other Language

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Review by Thomas J. Kraus
Published 4/6/2014
Citation: Thomas J. Kraus, review of Andrei A. Orlov and Gabriele Boccaccini, eds., New Perspectives on 2 Enoch: No Longer Slavonic Only, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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