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Ezekiel the Tragedian
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An author of Jewish tragedies who wrote in Greek, likely in the second century bc. The surviving fragments of his tragic drama about the Exodus are often grouped together with the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, since they are nonbiblical Jewish writing from the same period.Clement of Alexandria refers to Ezekiel as “the poet of Jewish tragedies” (Stromata 1.23.155.1, quoted in Robertson, “Ezekiel,” 803). However, we only know of one of his works, titled Exagoge, “Leading Out.” Moses is the main character of this tragedy, which covers material in Exodus 1–15, from Moses’ birth to the crossing of the Red Sea and the encampment of the Israelites at Elim. In the process of adapting the biblical material to the genre of Greek tragedy, Ezekiel adds extrabiblical material, including a dream by Moses and characters not mentioned in the Bible.Substantial fragments of Exagoge are preserved in Eusebius (Preparation for the Gospel 9.28–29), who cites them from the first century bc author Alexander Polyhistor, in Clement of Alexandria’s Stromata, and in Pseudo-Eustathius’ Commentary on the Hexameron.
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Ezekiel the Tragedian
Ezekiel the Tragedian An author of Jewish tragedies who wrote in Greek, likely in the second century bc. The surviving fragments of his tragic drama about the Exodus are often grouped together with the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, since they are nonbiblical Jewish writing from the same period.Clement
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ezekiel the Tragedian
EZEKIEL THE TRAGEDIAN. In the middle of the 2d century b.c.e. a Jewish playwright, Ezekiel, wrote a drama on the Exodus, Exagōgē, probably in Alexandria (Fraser 1972, 1: 707). If Clement of Alexandria’s remark (Strom. 1.23.155) that he was a writer of tragedies (plur.) is to be trusted, Ezekiel wrote
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Ezekiel the Tragedian. A Jewish Hellenistic author who lived in the 2nd cent. B.C., probably in Alexandria. He apparently wrote several Greek tragedies, but the only one that survives (mainly in a partial but substantial quotation by Eusebius, Praep. ev. 9.28–29) is a drama known as the Exagōgē (“leading
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EZEKIEL THE TRAGEDIAN
EZEKIEL THE TRAGEDIAN i-zee´kee-uhl. A Hellenistic Jewish poet, likely in the 2nd cent. bce, who wrote a tragedy, Exagoge (Exagōgē Ἐξαγωγή) based on the Exodus. Ezekiel may have written other plays, but only fragments of this work remain, primarily from EUSEBIUS (quoting ALEXANDER POLYHISTOR), and