[Book of Enoch (Mäṣḥafä Henok)]
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- 81 leaves ; 18 cm.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger.
- Physical description: 1 vol. (18 x 13 cm); 81 folios (fol. 81r-v blank), 2 columns, 22 lines. Space left for owner's name left blank, fol. 80v.
- Text in Ge'ez language. The manuscript is part of the Robert Garrett Collection of Ethiopic Manuscripts, 1600s-1900s (C0744.03). Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942. The Ethiopic Book of Enoch (or 1 Enoch) is a complete Ge'ez translation of an ancient Jewish religious text, which claims to have been written by Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church regards the pseudepigraphic text as canonical. The present manuscript was one of those used in R. H. Charles, ed., The Book of Enoch, Translated from Professor Dillmann's Ethiopic Text... (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1893). Rebound by Mick LeTourneaux (Princeton University Library, Preservation Office) in an Ethiopic-style binding; the 19th-century European binding is in box. The old binding has the stamp of H. C. Reichardt, who can be identified as Henry Christian Reichardt (d. 1897), a missionary for the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Princeton Class of 1897, probably acquired the Enoch manuscript shortly after Reichardt's death. Concerning manuscripts of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, see Ted M. Erho and Loren T. Stuckenbruck, "A Manuscript History of Ethiopic Enoch," Journal for the Study of Pseudoepigrapha, 23:2 (2013), 87-131 (Garrett Ethiopic Manuscript no. 42 discussed on pp. 105-7).
- Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. C0744.03 (Garrett Ethiopic Manuscripts, no. 42)