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On The Identification Of Two Greek Texts Of 1 Enoch

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While the Greek translation was partially known through quotation by Christian writers, good portions of it had been recovered among the great manuscript finds made in Egypt. The first of these was discovered at Akhmim in Upper Egypt. In a monk's grave, located in the substantial cemetery adjacent to the site, Bouriant found a parchment manuscript containing parts of the Gospel of Peter, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the first 32 chapters of Enoch, which comprise most of that section of 1 Enoch usually termed the Book of Watchers. The second important Greek manuscript find was part of a collection of 12 papyrus codices acquired by the American mining magnate Alfred Chester Beatty. Among the caves at Qumran is Cave 7 from which the remains of documents written almost exclusively in Greek were recovered.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; Egypt; Greek manuscript; Qumran



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