n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The story of the Chaste Susanna (Apocrypha) poem in an anonymous Medieval Greek manuscript (ff.153v- 154v) in the Codex Marcianus 408 (1392 - 1404)

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The present paper provides not only a transcription of a poem on Susanna (of the Apocrypha) drawn from a Medieval manuscript, but also a metrical translation with a philological discussion on the contents. The great turning point in the Apocryphal story of Susanna is the response of the Lord to Susanna's claim of innocence when she was accosted by the evil elders: "The Lord heard her cry" (v. 44). Daniel then emerges as the human being by which Susanna's innocence is proved. She is thus delivered from death and restored to her family. The message in the Susanna story is that God will vindicate the innocent victim. This episode illustrates the power of faith and trust in the Lord and of the power of prayer in the midst of all the suffering. Furthermore, God's use of the wisdom of a human being is displayed in Daniel.

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