May 3rd, 2016


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The Inscription on the Chalice of Solomon: a Liturgical Text of the Second Temple Judaism

The so-called Inscription on the Chalice of Solomon is now known in the Slavonic version (rich manuscript tradition), two Greek manuscripts (one unpublished), and two Latin manuscripts representing two different versions (both unpublished). The theological and liturgical settings must be localised within the Second Temple Judaism. An early Christian setting is not to be excluded--providing that Christianity was also a movement within the Second Temple Judaism--but there is no specific Christian feature in the text. Being a messianic text on the resurrection, the Inscription is related to Zion as its "holy place" and to a liturgy going back or identical to that of the feast of New Wine.