The Second Book of Esdras is primarily an apocalypse (or series of visions and revelations) that was written by an unknown Jewish author in Hebrew or Aramaic. This was translated into Greek, and an introduction and appendix of Christian origin were added. The original and the Greek translation have disappeared, and the text is now preserved primarily in Latin. The main part of the work reports seven revelations that were given to Shealtiel (identified with Ezra) and answers questions about the problem of evil, suffering, persecution, the end of the world, judgement, and the new world.
Outline of Contents
Introduction 1.1—2.48
The first vision 3.1—5.19
The second vision 5.20—6.34
The third vision 6.35—9.25
The fourth vision 9.26—10.59
The fifth vision 11.1—12.50
The sixth vision 12.51—13.56
The seventh vision 13.57—14.48
Additional prophecies 15.1—16.78
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