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Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, The (Volume 2): Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, The (Volume 2): Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom

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For the first time, all the important documents (65 in all, published in two separate volumes) from the period between Old and New Testaments have been collected in this landmark work.

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With the appearance of this second volume, the monumental Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is now complete. The four classifications into which Charlesworth has placed the 38 documents are:

(1) Expansions of the Old Testament and Legends (e.g., Jubilees, Pseudo-Philo)
(2) Wisdom and Philosophical Literature (3-4 Maccabees, etc.)
(3) Prayers, Psalms, and Odes (the Odes of Solomon, for example)
(4) Supplement: Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works (Aristobulus, Eupolemus, etc.). The last 85 pages contain an index (largely of topics and names) for both volumes.

Volume 2 includes Joseph and Aseneth and the celebrated Jubilees.


"This work supersedes R. H. Charles's The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (1914) as the standard English edition of the Pseudepigrapha."        ~The Christian Century


"And at the close of the nineteenth jubilee, in the seventh week in the sixth year [930 A.M.] thereof, Adam died, and all his sons buried him in the land of his creation, and he was the first to be buried in the earth. And he lacked seventy years of one thousand years; for one thousand years are as one day in the testimony of the heavens and therefore was it written concerning the tree of knowledge: 'On the day that ye eat thereof ye shall die.' For this reason he did not complete the years of this day; for he died during it.

At the close of this jubilee Cain was killed after him in the same year; for his house fell upon him and he died in the midst of his house, and he was killed by its stones; for with a stone he had killed Abel, and by a stone was he killed in righteous judgment."     ~Book of Jubilees, Chapter 4.29-31 


James H. Charlesworth is Princeton Theological Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He specializes in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old and New Testaments, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Jesus research, and the Gospel of John.

As director of the Seminary’s Dead Sea Scrolls Project, he has worked on the Qumran Scrolls to make available, in cooperation with more than fifty international specialists, an accurate text with apparatus criticus, an English translation, and an introduction.

Editor Charlesworth, James H.
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 1006 pp.
Publisher ABRL Doubleday 1985
Series The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
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