Baruch, book of


Baruch, book of
A miscellaneous collection of prayers and narrative from the 2nd cent. BCE attributed to Jeremiah's scribe Baruch. It was contained in the Greek LXX (though it may have been originally composed in Hebrew) and is therefore classified as part of scripture by Catholics, but its absence from the Hebrew OT puts it in the Apocrypha for Protestants.
The work claims to be written during the Babylonian Exile [[➝ Exile, the]], advocates prayers for gentile [[➝ Gentiles]] rulers, and has affinity with the Wisdom literature (such as Job 28). (It is sometimes referred to as 1 Baruch to distinguish it from the two following.)

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  • Baruch — (Hebrew Name|בָּרוּךְ|Baruḫ|Bārûḵ| Blessed ) has been a given name among Jews from Biblical times up to the present, on some occasions also used as surname. It is also found, though more rarely, among Christians particularly among Protestants who …   Wikipedia

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  • BARUCH BEN ISAAC OF WORMS — (late 12th–early 13th century), German tosafist. Although Baruch lived in Worms, he probably came from France and is sometimes referred to as Ha Zarefati ( the Frenchman ). Baruch was a pupil of isaac b. samuel the Elder of Dampierre, and after… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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