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Title: 1 Esdras: A Text-Critical Commentary
Author: Talshir, Zipora
Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2001
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781589830233
Volumes: 1; Pages: 556
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This comprehensive text-critical commentary on the apocryphal book of First Esdras aims to retrieve its lost Hebrew-Aramaic text now hidden behind layers of transmission and the thick veil of translation. It offers a close comparison between First Esdras 1-2, 5-9 and the canonical counterparts in 2 Chr 35-36, Ezra 1-10 and Nehemiah 8, in an attempt to discern the relationship between them, as well as a detailed analysis of the most intriguing part of First Esdras, the Story of the Youths (chapters 3-4), which has no parallel in the Old Testament. The commentary provides rich evidence, based on ample material from contemporary sources, especially from Qumran.