Elijah in Upper Egypt: The Apocalypse of Elijah and Early by David Frankfurter

By David Frankfurter

This important contribution to our wisdom of Egyptian Christianity within the overdue 3rd century comprises dialogue of —the Apocalypse of Elijah as non secular literature;—the Egyptian provenance of the document;—its social and old context;—a entire translation.“Frankfurter’s research of The Apocalypse of Elijah is an in depth and artistic piece of labor. His mastery of literary concept and the social-scientific strategy is clear all through, and the union of the 2 equipment during this paintings is impressive.” —James E. Goehring, Mary Washington College“This booklet is a awesome piece of labor. Frankfurter makes a powerful case for using local Egyptian prophetic traditions within the Apocalypse of Elijah.” —Birger A. Pearson, college of California, Santa Barbara>

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Thus the f o l l o w i n g discussion of the date of the A p o c a l y p s e of Elijah w i l l focus o n the Coptic (once G r e e k ) t e x t at h a n d , r a t h e r t h a n a p u t a t i v e J e w i s h c o r e l y i n g w i t h i n t h i s text. E. 46 century T h i s w o u l d suggest t h a t the latest p e r i o d i n w h i c h the present Apocalypse of Elijah m i g h t h a v e been c o m p o s e d in Greek w o u l d be the last q u a r t e r o f t h e t h i r d c e n t u r y . 4 7 Terminus post quem W i n t e r m u t e has r i g h t l y n o t e d t h a t the earliest date the A p o c a l y p s e o f E l i j a h ( i n i t s p r e s e n t f o r m ) c o u l d h a v e b e e n c o m p o s e d is b o u n d b y t h e 44.

3. T h e a u t h o r h a s m a d e u s e o f a p r i o r l i t e r a r y t r a d i t i o n o r e v e n a c o m p l e t e apocalypse from an earlier time, w h i c h he brought up to date by m o d i f y i n g details o f t h e p r e d i c t e d f u t u r e to c o n f o r m m o r e a c c u r a t e l y to t h e a c t u a l c o u r s e o f h i s t o r y a s h e k n e w it. 3 5 Interpretations 2 and 3 represent those m a d e by previous scholars in search of historical and redactional specificity. By contrast, scholarly attention to native Egyptian literary tradition opened up the first alternative.

See P i e t e r s m a , 6, 88 ( f a c s i m i l e o f last p a g e ) . 62. See P a u l J. A c h t e m e i e r , "Ornne verbum sonat: T h e N e w T e s t a m e n t a n d t h e O r a l E n v i r o n m e n t o f W e s t e r n A n t i q u i t y , ‫ ׳‬JBL 109 ( 1 9 9 0 ) : 1 0 - 1 1 . 63. P i e t e r s m a , 2. See t h e l i n g u i s t i c a n a l y s i s o f t h i s p h e n o m e n o n b y N a t h a l i e B e a u x , * P o u r u n e p a l e o g r a p h i e d u p a p y r u s C h e s t e r B e a t t y 2018," Etudes coptes 3, C a h i e r s d e la b i b l i o t h e q u e c o p t e 4 ( L o u v a i n : Peeters, 1988), 4 6 - 4 7 .

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