Western culture has been shaped largely by the Bible. In attempting to understand the Scriptures, scholars of the last three hundred years have intensively studied both these sacred texts and other related ancient writings. A cursory examination reveals that their authors depended on other sources, some of which are lost and some of which have recently come to light. Part of these extant sources are the pseudepigrapha. Though the meaning of the word can be disputed by scholars, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is a collection of those writings which are, for the most part, Jewish or Christian and are often attributed to ideal figures in Israel's past.
Together, both volumes of The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha present literature that shows the ongoing development of Judaism and the roots from which the Christian religion took its beliefs. Using the very latest techniques in biblical scholarship, this international team of recognized scholars, led by James H. Charlesworth, has put together a monumental work that will enhance the study of Western religious heritage for years to come.
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- New translations of important pseudepigraphal material
- Extensive discussion of Wisdom literature
- Section of fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works
- Title: Old Testament Pseudepigrapha
- Authors: James H. Charlesworth
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Volumes: 2
- Pages: 2,112
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 1
- Publication Date: 1983
- Pages: 1,056
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 2
- Publication Date: 1985
- Pages: 1,056
About James H. Charlesworth
James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and a world-renowned translator, particularly of pseudepigraphical material.