The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (3 Baruch) in Hellenistic Judaism and Early Christianity


This volume represents the first comprehensive study of the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (3 Baruch), one of the most neglected of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Harlow discusses such introductory issues as text, genre, setting, and function. He carefully examines the chief critical issues in the study of this fascinating document, including the literary integrity of the work and its original Jewish or Christian authorship. He then proceeds to offer an interpretation of 3 Baruch as both a Jewish and Christian text. His study succeeds in situating 3 Baruch within post-70 Hellenistic Judaism and in clarifying the early Christian interest in adapting, editing, and transmitting the work, will find this study illuminating.

Biographical Note

Daniel C. Harlow, Ph.D. (1994) in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, University of Notre Dame, is Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Review Quotes

' L'ouvrage de H. apporte une contribution majeure à l'étude de 3 Baruch et, plus largement,à la recherche sur les pseudépigraphes juifs et sur leur réception dnas l'Eglise.' Jean-Daniel Kaestli, Theologische Literaturzeitung, 1997. ' Harlow's entire study is a persuasive, detailed argument that constitutes a significant addition to the field and merits serious consideration.' Edward G. Mathews, Journal of Jewish Studies.


Scholars and students of the history and literature of ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, the literary genre apocalypse, and the Christian adaptation of Jewish apocryphal literature.