In The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch, Grant Macaskill publishes the manuscript evidence for this important pseudepigraphon in a format that, for the first time, allows synoptic comparison of the variants encountered. With the long and short recensions represented on facing pages, and variants listed against two exemplars (J and A), readers will be able to weigh the textual and linguistic evidence in a way that has previously been hindered by the available publications of 2 Enoch. The book also includes an introductory discussion of the manuscripts and the problems associated with text-critical work on them, and a translation of the neglected manuscript B, with notes on the significance of its readings for the reconstruction of an ur-text.
Grant Macaskill, Ph.D. (2005), University of St Andrews, is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is author of Revealed Wisdom and Inaugurated Eschatology in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Brill 2007).
"Grant Macaskill has done a great job. Without any doubt his book is already now an indispensable means for the study of 2 Enoch. [...] Macaskill's book is an invitation to the landscape of "Studia Judaeoslavica" also to visit the old terrain of 2 Enoch which had long grown wild--- to settle there again and to cultivate the ground for further inhabitants." – Christfried Böttrich, Ernst-Moretz-Arndt Unviersität Greifswald, in: Journal for the Study of Judaism 45 (2014)
The book will be of interest to those who wish to engage in serious work on 2 Enoch and to interact more critically with translations and commentaries on the book.