Ivan Miroshnikov’s Article on the Sahidic Version of 4 Maccabees

In April 2012, Ivan Miroshnikov (University of Helsinki/Centre for Egyptological Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) published on this blog an excerpt from his transcription and translation of the (fragmentary) Sahidic version of 4 Maccabees.

His edition of all the Sahidic fragments of 4 Maccabees known to date has appeared in the latest issue of the prestigious journal Vetus Testamentum (Brill, Leiden). The article is a skilfully executed piece of work. No wonder, since Ivan is one of the most gifted and promising young Coptologists.

With Ivan’s permission, you can download the article from this blog.

I. Miroshnikov, “The Sahidic Coptic Version of 4 Maccabees,” Vetus Testamentum 64 (2014) 69-92.

Abstract: The Coptic Sahidic version of the Fourth Book of Maccabees was discovered by Enzo Lucchesi in the nineteen eighties, but up to this day has not been published. This article presents the extant fragments of the manuscript, stored at the National Library in Paris and the library of the University of Michigan. The paleography of the manuscript and
the contents of the version are discussed in the introductory remarks, which are followed by a transcription and English translation of the fragments.

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About Alin Suciu

I am a researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. I write mostly on Coptic literature, Patristics, and apocryphal texts.
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