The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

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James H. Charlesworth
Hendrickson Publishers, 2010 - Religion - 1048 pages
From the Finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the latest on the gnostic writings, the Nag Hammadi codices, new information is unearthed practically every day to help us understand the lifestyles and beliefs of our religious ancestors. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is the foremost example of this work. All the important documents (sixty-five in all, published in two separate volumes) from the period between the Old and the New Testaments have been collected in this landmark work. The foremost international authority on each book has been selected to contribute a new translation (sometimes for the first time), an introduction, and critical notes for each of the texts, with all work taking advantage of the very latest in scriptural scholarship.

These texts are of great value to all people whose religious heritage focuses on the Bible for insight into the development of doctrine. By studying the pseudepigrapha, we can increase our knowledge of the beginnings of the Christian religion, as well as the development of Judaism after the close of the Hebrew Bible.

Scholars, Bible students, professionals of all religious groups and denominations, and lay people---indeed, all those who can be signified as "People of the Book:" Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims---will be interested in these translations.

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is truly a work of international importance, and Hendrickson Publishers is pleased to offer it in this economical paperback edition.

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Foreword George W MacRae S J
Editors Preface James H Charlesworth
Introduction for the General Reader James H Charlesworth
Explanation of Typographical and Reference Systems
Introduction J H Charlesworth
Slavonic Apocalypse of Enoch Late First Century A D
Hebrew Apocalypse of Enoch Fifth to Sixth Century A D
Sibylline Oracles Second Century B C Seventh Century A D
Revelation of Ezra prior to Ninth Century A D D A F iensy
Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch early Second Century A D
Greek Apocalypse of Baruch First to Third Century A D
Apocalypse of Abraham First to Second Century A D
Apocalypse of Adam First to Fourth Century A D G MacRae
Apocalypse of Elijah First to Fourth Century A D
Apocalypse of Daniel Ninth Century A D G T Zervos
Introduction J H Charlesworth

Treatise of Shem First Century B C J H Charlesworth
Apocryphon of Ezekiel First Century B c First Century A D
Apocalypse of Zephaniah First Century B C First Century A D
The Fourth Book of Ezra Late First Century A D B M Metzger
Greek Apocalypse of Ezra Second to Ninth Century A D
Vision of Ezra Fourth to Seventh Century A D
Questions of Ezra Date Unknown M E Stone
Testament of Job First Century B C First Century A D
Testaments of the Three Patriarchs
Testament of Moses First Century A D J Priest
Testament of Solomon First to Third Century A D D C Duling
Testament of Adam Second to Fifth Century A D S E Robinson

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James H. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey. He also directs the Syrus Sinaiticus Project at St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai. Charlesworth is a world-renowned translator, particularly of pseudepigraphical material, and the author of "Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Serpent: A Symbol of Life or Death?" and "The Historical Jesus.

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