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2 And 3 Baruch: “Cease Irritating God”

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2 Baruch, often treated together with 4 Ezra in the scholarship, dates from the time after the fall of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. The dependence of 2 Baruch on 4 Ezra is not a critical component of the argument of this chapter if it is accepted, as many do today, that the two works address similar issues arising out of the Roman destruction of the Temple in different, but related, ways. 2 Baruch appears to be a manifestation of realities along the healing arc, and emotionally it can be said to follow 4 Ezra. The major literary effect of this distinction is that in 2 Baruch the apocalyptic seer's focus moves past the details of the earthly loss and on to the idealized certainties of heavenly reality. 3 Baruch essentially begins at the point of acceptance and the work of mourning A.D. through the participation of its readers.

Keywords: 2 Baruch; 3 Baruch; 4 Ezra; Second Temple



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