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6354Jacob of Edessa's Commentary on Genesis?

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  • James R. Davila
    Apr 30, 2014
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      Dear Hugoye,

      The following rather poorly headlined article about the work of Joseph Amar on the Vatican Library catalogues has an interesting bit at the end:


      "Amar said the process often leads to new discoveries. For example, scholars believed for centuries that Jacob of Edessa, an influential Biblical scholar, had written a commentary on the Book of Genesis ⎯ but no one could find it. Meanwhile, a catalog contained a misidentified Genesis commentary, Amar said. By comparing that manuscript’s writing and handwriting style with Jacob’s known works, Amar said he was able to correctly attribute the commentary to him."

      I am no specialist on Jacob of Edessa, but if this is accurate it sounds exciting.  Comments from those who know more?


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