Monday, February 19, 2007

"Scottish Field" remembers James Bruce

The March edition of "Scottish Field," a lifestyle magazine that often carries historical articles concerning important Scottish figures, contains a biography of explorer James Bruce, who brought back from his travels several copies of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch (1 Enoch), effectively rediscovering the book for those outside of Ethiopia and opening the door for subsequent research into the Enochic texts.

Unfortunately the article is not available online and in any case it fails to mention Bruce's literary "discoveries," focusing instead on the more exciting (and gruesome) aspects of his travels in Abyssinia. Still, it is a good read and warmly recommended.

The association of Scotland with the Pseudepigrapha goes back to long before the "Old Testament Pseudepigrapha" course in St Andrews University!