The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres the magicians: P. Chester Beatty XVI ; (with new editions of Papyrus Vindobonensis Greek inv. 29456 + 29828 verso and British Library Cotton Tiberius B. v f. 87) ; with full facsimile of all three texts

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Albert Pietersma
BRILL, Dec 31, 1993 - Religion - 349 pages
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The focus of this volume is the "editio princeps" of Papyrus Chester Beatty XVI: The Apocryphon of Jannes and Jambres, composed in Greek, perhaps as early as the first century C.E. A full commentary accompanies the edited text. An introductory section discusses the numerous references to the two magicians, who appear in Jewish, Christian and Pagan literatures as Moses' crafty opponents at the time of Israel's exodus from Egypt. Their exploits are recounted in over half a dozen languages, from the Syriac east to the Latin west and from Egypt's deserts to King Alfred's court. The Apocryphon is placed in its Graeco-Roman context, but is also discussed as a backdrop for the Faust saga of European literature. A basic book for anyone interested in biblical and related literatures.
  

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Contents

the question of origin
3
The evidence of the Damascus Document
12
Development of the traditions
24
The names of the magicians
36
Literary references to a book on Jannes and Jambres
43
Jannes and Jambres and associated literature
60
The codicology of P Chester Beatty XVI
72
Orthography language and date of P Chester
81
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Transcription and reconstruction
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Introduction
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Introduction
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Bibliography
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Indices of Greek words
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Biblical Index
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NonBiblical Index
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Modern Authors Index
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Albert Pietersma, Ph.D. (1970) in Near Eastern Studies, University of Toronto, is Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of Toronto. He has published numerous articles and books on Septuagint Studies as well as on papyrus manuscripts in Greek and Coptic, including "The Acts of Phileas Bishop of Thmuis" (Geneva, 1984).

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