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The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments (Anchor Bible Reference Library)
The writers of the Bible depended on other sources for much of their work. Some of these sources may be lost forever, but many have come to light in modern times. Known as the pseudepigrapha, they are made available here in English translation.
Published September 28th 1983 by Anchor Bible
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Jul 05, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: scholars of NT, HB and people of faith
This is the standard 2 vol. collection of translated OT Pseudepigrapha. The introductions are helpful, but perhaps dated by now. This collection does not contain editions of the ancient texts, but the bibliographies are helpful in locating the relevant editions and important bibliographic items. This is essentially required reading for scholars of ancient Judaism and Christianity, and scholars in these fields should know about the materials contained in these two volumes. Interested non-academic ...more
This is a great collection. Every document has a lengthy introduction that helps to explain the context and content of the text. When multiple translations of a text provide alternate meanings to certain verses, the alternatives are provided. There is a very good treatment of the Enoch literature which is essential for understanding Jesus' ministry. It took me two months to get through this one thousand page collection, but it was well worth the investment. It was very fascinating to see Helleni ...more
For those interested in the Old Testament and in filling in some of the details not included therein, this 2-volume series is a treasure. Some of the details seem to cause otherwise obscure passages from the scripture to make sense. Other books in this collection of ancient texts (English translations) included some pretty strange stories. Very scholarly and well done.
So far I have only read the Book of Enoch, which is referenced in the New Testament. I thought this would be a good way to get a concept of the literary background of the time from which Jesus emerged. I look forward to gradually completing the volume.
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