4 Ezra and 2 Baruch: Translations, Introductions, and Notes by Michael E. Stone, Matthias Henze

By Michael E. Stone, Matthias Henze

Clean translations of early Jewish texts four Ezra and a couple of Baruch, written within the a long time after the Judean conflict, which observed Jerusalem conquered, the temple destroyed, and Judaism replaced endlessly. this convenient quantity makes those vital texts available to scholars, offers specialist introductions, and illuminates the interrelationship of the texts via parallel columns.

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EZRA LAMENTS AND THE ANGEL RESPONDS 7:62 I replied and said, “O earth, what have you brought forth58 if the mind is made out of dust like the other created things! 7:63 For it would have been better if the dust itself had not been born, so that the mind might not have been made from it. Compare: 2 Baruch 15:6; 48:39-40; 55:2 7:64 But now the mind grows with us, and therefore we are tormented, because we perish and know it. 7:65 Let the human race lament, but let the beasts of the field be glad; let all who have been born lament, but let the four-footed beasts and the flocks rejoice!

8:9 But that which keeps and that which is kept shall both be kept by thy keeping. And when the womb gives up again what has been created in it, 8:10 thou hast commanded that from the members milk should be supplied which is the fruit of the breasts, 8:11 so that what has been fashioned may be nourished for a time; and afterward thou wilt guide him in thy mercy. 8:12 Thou hast nourished him in thy righteousness, and instructed him in thy law, and taught him in thy wisdom. 8:13 Thou takest away his life, for he is thy creation; and thou makest him live, for he is thy work.

THE FEW AND THE MANY Compare: 2 Baruch 14:18-19; 15:7 8:1 He answered me and said, “The Most High made this world for the sake of many, but the world to come for the sake of few. 8:2 But I will explain the parable to you, Ezra. Just as, when you ask the earth, it will tell you that it provides very much clay from which earthenware is made, but only a little dust from which gold comes; so is the course71 of the present world. ”72 LEAD-IN TO EZRA’S ADDRESS: GOD’S BENEFICENCE EXHIBITED 8:4 I answered and said, “Then take delight in understanding, O my soul, and drink wisdom, O my ears!

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