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Nachleben and Textual Identity: Variants and Variance in the Reception History of 2Baruch

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It may come as a surprise that passages we would commonly recognize as extracts from 2Baruch (2Bar. 44:9-15 and 72:1-73:2) are attested in three medieval West Syrian lectionary manuscripts. This chapter attempts to fill the lacuna in research on the Nachleben of 2Baruch. It presents the passages in question, their contexts in the codices, their relationship to other witnesses of 2Baruch, and assumed use of the codices in one historical context: the ritual life of Syrian Monastery in the Wadi el-Natrun in northern Egypt. This chapter aims to answer two questions: first, what does the use of passages we commonly recognize as passages from 2Baruch in medieval lectionary manuscripts tell us about the reception history and textual identity of 2Baruch in West Syrian tradition, and second, is it in fact the reception history of "2Baruch" we are dealing with when we study the use of the passages in these manuscripts?

Keywords: 2Baruch; Nachleben; reception history; Syrian Monastery; textual identity; West Syrian lectionary manuscripts



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