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2 Esdras: The Apocryphal Apocalypse
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
6:30 pm Saint Thomas Church
In addition to Daniel and Revelation, the two apocalypses in the Old and New Testaments, there is a third apocalypse in the Apocrypha: 2 Esdras. The Jewish core of 2 Esdras (chapters 3-14) was written in the late first century A.D., after the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in A.D. 70, making it roughly contemporary with the book of Revelation. There are two Christian additions to the Jewish core, chapters 1-2 and 15-16, which were written in the second and third centuries, respectively. The book as a whole was included in the Gutenberg Bible (even though its status as Scripture was dubious) and thereafter enjoyed immense popularity in the West from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment and beyond.
Karina Martin Hogan (Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University) is working on a commentary on 2 Esdras for the Yale Anchor Bible series.