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Document Details :
Title: The Armenian Questions of St. Gregory
Subtitle: A Text Descended from 4 Ezra: Edition of Recension I
Author(s): STONE, Michael E.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 131 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2018
Here I present an edition and translation of the oldest copy available of Questions of St. Gregory and the Answers of the Archangel Concerning the Souls of Men (QuestGreg) from manuscript J1293 in the collection of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. This manuscript contains a distinct recension of QuestGreg and a number of further recensions of this work exist. QuestGreg deals in detail with individual eschatology in the post-mortem state. Its literary forebears are 4 Ezra (particularly the latter part of ch. 7), the later Byzantine apocalypses attributed to Esdras (Apoc. Esdras, Apoc. Sedrach, and Rev. Beati Esdrae), all of which are dialogues between the seer and an angel, and the similar dialogue work Armenian Questions of Ezra. QuestGreg was very popular, to judge from the surviving manuscripts, in the late Middle Ages.