ApcPetr

Thomas J. Kraus tj.kraus at gmx.de
Sun Sep 9 18:25:13 EDT 2001


Dear B-Greekers,

after having accomplished a diplomatic transcription of P.Vindob.G 39756
and Bodl.Ms.Gr.th.f 4 (P) - both originally part of the same codex (fifth
century) - of the Greek Apocalypse of Peter, I try to formulate a good
translation of it.
The following sentence struck me a little bit, above all after having read
some alternative translations:

KAI DWSW AUTOIS KALON BAPTISMA EN SWQHRIAi ACEROUSIAS LIMNHS hHN KALOUSIN
EN TWi HLUSIWi PEDIWi
"and I will give them a good/nice baptism in the salvation of the
Acherusian lake, which one calls in the Elysian field"
or "... in the salvation of what is called the Acherusian lake in the
Elysian field"
or "... in the salvation of the Acherusian lake, of which people say, (it
is) in the Elysian field"

Well, I regard hHN refering back to the accusative of KALON BAPTISMA (which
is given in the lake). The Ethiopic Apocalypse of Peter has here: "Then
will I give my elect and to my righteous the baptism and the salvation for
which they have asked me in the field Akrosja, which one calls
Aneslasleja." (Akrosja in Ethiopic roughly Acherusia, Aneslasleja for
Elysium, but a translation of both of them that way would wipe away the
different concepts, which definitely were prominent in those days between
Ethiopia and the Graeco-Roman world).

Any suggestions? Any grammatical insights?
Please, help!!! I think I do not see the wood for the trees anymore.

Thomas
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