Friday, February 10, 2006

Test your knowledge of Apocryphal Literature

Here is a multiple choice question. II Esdras refers to which document:

a. Septuagint: OT Ezra + OT Nehemiah
b. Vulgate: Nehemiah
c. Douay Bible: Nehemiah
d. Russian Bible: Paraphrase of 2 Chron 35-36 + OT Ezra + OT Nehemiah 7-8 + tale of body guards.
e. Latin Apocaypse and NRSV: 5 Ezra + 4 Ezra + 6 Ezra

See the answer in the comments section

1 comment:

Michael F. Bird said...

Answer: All of the Above! Yes, the title 2 Esdras refers to all of those documents. Confusing isn't it. In the LXX it denotes Ezra + Nehmiah. But in the Apocrypha it usually signifies a composite work made up of 5, 4, and 6 Ezra!

If you don't believe me go look up the table in Charlesworth OTP, 1.517.