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Ezekiel the Tragedian
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was a Hellenistic Jew, presumably from Alexandria, who authored a Greek tragedy, Exagoge (The Exodus, i.e. from Egypt) following Exod 1–15 (LXX) sometime after 240 bce but surely before 100 ce. The extant fragments (a total of 269 verses) represent the largest preserved portion of Greek tragedy after Euripides and, simultaneously, the largest preserved portion of Judeo-Hellenistic poetry. The following scenes have been preserved: 1. Moses reports about his fate to this point and his plan to flee from Egypt; he sees Sepphora (v…

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Käppel, Lutz, “Ezekiel the Tragedian”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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