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REST OF THE WORDS OF BARUCH

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 455 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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REST OF THE WORDS OF BARUCH. This book was undoubtedly written originally by a Jew but was subsequently revised by a Christian, as has been shown by Kohler in the Jewish Quarterly Review (1893), pp. 407–409. It passed under a double name in the Abyssinian Church, where it was known both as " the Rest of the Words of Baruch " and " the Rest of the Words of Jeremiah." Its Greek name is the latter—ea vrapaAetv6yeaa 'Iepeµiou 7rpo ijrov. It has been preserved in Greek, Ethiopic, Armenian and Slavonic. The Greek was first printed at Venice in 'bog, next by Ceriani in 1868 in his Mon. Sacra, v. 1r-18; by Harris, The Rest of the Words of Baruch, in 1889; and Bassiliev, Anec. Graeco-Byzantina, i. 308 sqq. (1893). The book begins like the Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch with an account of the removal of the sacred vessels of theTemple before its capture by the Chaldees. Baruch remains in Jerusalem and Jeremiah accompanies the Exiles to Babylon. After 66 years'exile Jeremiah brings back the Jews to Jerusalem, but refuses to admit such as had brought with them heathen wives. Then follows a vision of Jeremiah which is Christian. Harris regards the book in its, p' esent form as an eirenicon addressed to the Jews by a Christian after the rebellion of Bar Cochba (Barcochebas) and written about 136. Though the original work was dependent on the Apocalypse of Baruch it cannot have been written much before the close of the 1st cent. A.D. Its terminus ad quern is at present indeterminable. (R. H. C.)
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