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Title: Two Chronological Texts from an Armenian Manuscript (M451)
Author(s): LOEFF, Yoav , STÖKL, Daniel
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 115    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2002   
Pages: 171-189
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.115.1.327

Abstract :
A few specific questions, related to both texts presented above, remain open. Such are the identity of Cerenc‘ Šams (Chronology from Adam), the comparison between Moses and Aaron and the listing of their family members, the mentioning of 'the 7,000th year' and an eventual eschatological interest of the scribe (Years of the Patriarchs’ Lives).
These two texts represent a genre of chronological texts and name lists that were written and copied in the Armenian language during the late middle ages and the beginning of modern era. They deal both with biblical and post-biblical figures and events, i.e. 'history.'
There are some general questions that emerge from these texts. For example, the criteria for the inclusion of certain events and figures are not always clear. Further investigation may help clarifying the relationship among the different texts and their sources, their theological function, and their influences in the Armenian traditions. It may also be interesting to compare them with parallel writings among related Christian and non-Christian traditions.

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