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). Edited with Introduction, Translation and Commentary. Wit

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'It is our good fortune that Pietersma presents his editio princeps of this material in such a full, interesting and elegant fashion.'
L.H.F., Old Testament Abstracts, 1995.
' edition and translation of the fragments accompanied by an excellent commentary.'
M.A. Knibb, Society for Old Testament Study, 1995.
'Avec un art certain, l'auteur sait reconstituer les lacunes tout en adoptant une position très prudente, pour éviter les reconstitutions hasardeuses. Cet excellent commentaire, agrémenté de nombreux index, s'adresse tant aux spécialistes du judaïsme égyptien et aux papyrologues grecs qu'à ceux qui s'intéressent à l'histoire de l'exégèse biblique ou aux origines du christianisme en Egypte.'
Jean-Daniel Dubois, Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, 1994.
'A splendid study of this lost work about the magicians who attempted to aid the Pharaoh in his contest with Moses. A critical contribution to studies of apocrypha and pseudepigrapha which should be added to research collections as well as seminary libraries to supplement holdings in biblical and related literature.'
C. Thomas McCollough, Religious Studies Review, 1996.
'A. Pietersma est arrivé a un résultat vraiment impressionnant…'
Michel van Esbroeck, Bulletin des Publications Hagiographiques.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004099388
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World Series, #11
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and sigla
I Introduction 1
1 The Jannes and Jambres legend: the question of origin 3
2 The evidence of the Damascus Document 12
3 Development of the traditions 24
4 The names of the magicians 36
5 Literary references to a book on Jannes and Jambres 43
6 The book on Jannes and Jambres 48
7 Jannes and Jambres and associated literature 60
8 The codicology of P. Chester Beatty XVI 72
9 Orthography, language and date of P. Chester Beatty XVI 81
II Papyrus Chester Beatty XVI 91
III Papyrus Vindobonensis Greek 29456 + 29828verso 263
IV Brit. Lib. Cotton Tiberius B.v 87 275
V Reproductions 283
Bibliography 305
Indices of Greek words 315
Biblical Index 325
Non-Biblical Index 331
Modern Authors Index 337
Subject Index 339
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