FRAGMENT OF EARLY CODEX IN GREEK: BOOK 4(6) EZRA

Greco-Roman Egypt, 4th century CE, found at Oxyrhynchus, 4 x 3 in. (10.2 x 7.6 cm), MS. Gr. bib. g. 3(P)r,

The Book of Ezra is a Jewish apocalyptic text from the late first century CE. It survived through Christian transmission, translated into Greek from a lost Hebrew original. Erroneously attributed to Ezra the Scribe (fifth century BCE), it is composed of seven visions and deals with the theological implications of the destruction of the Temple. In the third century a Christian introduction and appendix were added to the book. This leaf fragment is the oldest surviving copy of this text in Greek and the oldest fragment of a parchment codex in the Bodleian collection.



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