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The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 1: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) [Hardcover]

By James H. Charlesworth (Author)
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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 recently come to light. Known as the pseudepigrapha, they are made available here in these volumes. For the first time, all the important documents from the period between the Old and New Testaments have been collected in this landmark work. 995 pages. Hardcover from Yale University Press.

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.

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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.

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Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   1056
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 6.56" Height: 2.38"
Weight:   3.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1983
Publisher   Yale University Press
Series  Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library  
ISBN  0300140193  
ISBN13  9780300140194  

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Finally  Jan 14, 2010
At last, an unbiased work of liturature. This, along with volume 2 is a must have. Amazing we "Christians" can't accept what truth is. The information is there, we just have to read it.
Impressive, Well-Annotated Collection of Noncanonical Apocalypses & Testaments..  Nov 15, 2009
"The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 1: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments" contains 27 books: 19 works of apocalyptic literature and 8 testaments, which range from the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD in their origins, though most are from the first few centuries AD. Twenty-four translators contributed to this volume, working from about a dozen different languages. It's helpful to read the "Introduction for the General Reader" by the editor James H. Charlesworth for his comments on canonicity, definition of "pseudepigrapha", content and theology of the included works, and references to other related works. Between the two volumes in this collection, you are getting most noncanonical writings related to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Those excluded were judged too "far removed from the Old Testament in date and character."

Each book is introduced by its translator, who was asked to include certain types of information: texts, original languages, date, provenence, historical importaince, theological importance, relation to canonical and noncanonical works, cultural importance, about the translation, and a bibliography of selected works on the subject. Some translators have chosen to include less or more information as was appropriate, but these introductions are packed with information that is invaluable in reading the texts themselves. The texts have footnotes and marginal references. The footnotes are extensive in some cases and typically compare different source documents, offer alternative translations, and explain references in the text. Marginal references draw the reader's attention to "significant parallels" in other biblical and apocryphal works.

Both students of Judaism and of early Christianity will find this collection interesting. Some books are strictly Jewish (e.g. 3 Enoch), some are outright Christian (e.g. Vision of Ezra) or Gnostic (e.g. Apocalypse of Adam), but most are Jewish works that were contemporary with early Christianity or were later Christianized and, therefore, of significance to the study of both religions. Even though there are a lot of apocalypses here, the texts are not generally as reactionary as some of those found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. They cut a wide swath through ancient Jewish ideologies, from the revolutionary tone of 1 Enoch to the Hellenist universalism of the Testament of Abraham. The only flaw I find is that some of the theories are out of date, having been written in 1983. But the translations are in straightforward English, and the supplementary material is most helpful.

The texts in Volume 1 are: 1 Enoch, 2 Enoch, 3 Enoch, Sibylline Oracles (books 1-8, 11-14 + fragments), Treatise of Shem, Apocryphon of Ezekiel (fragments), Apocalypse of Zephaniah (incomplete), 4 Ezra (known by various numbers), Greek Apocalypse of Ezra, Vision of Ezra, Quest of Ezra, Revelation of Ezra, Apocalypse of Sedrach, 2 Baruch, 3 Baruch (parallel Slavonic and Greek versions), Apocalypse of Abraham, Apocalypse of Adam, Apocalypse of Elijah, Apocalypse of Daniel, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Testament of Job, Testaments of the Three Patriarchs, Testament of Isaac, Testament of Jacob, Testament of Moses, Testament of Solomon, Testament of Adam.
Vol 1 The old Testament Pseudepigrapha  Oct 5, 2009
To be able to read some books that were removed from the Bible is excellent.
The Pseudepigrapha has many mind blowin stories. I am glad to be able to have
in my collection.
Psiedepigrapha  Sep 10, 2009
This is an extremely important source for the study and understanding of Second Temple Period Judaism and Early Christianity. Several of these books are referenced in the New Testament and the Talmud.The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 1: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)
Fantastic Resource  May 15, 2009
I love this book. I am a fundamentalist pentecostal Christian who loves to research extra-biblical writings. I believe the true word of God is the Bible - the apocrypha but still find so much value in reading these historical documents.

This book is great because there is about 4 to 6 pages of information presented about each collection of writings. This would include a full detailed synopsis so you don't actually have to read the actual writings to get all the details covered in them, It mentions the Title of the writing and where it came from, the texts in existence from where the translations come from, where they were found, and the languages they are in, The original languages the writings were written in, the date which they were written and evidences that points to certain dates, the provenance of the writing (Provenance, from the French provenir, "to come from", means the origin, or the source, of something, or the history of the ownership or location of an object), the theological importance of the document, The relation to Canonized books and other apocryphal books, the cultural importance of the book, and a bibliography of all the sources he uses to presume the above.

The book then contains the full text of each of the writings. I will list the titles of the works included as it is important to know these things when picking up collections like this to ensure you are not duplicating anything you may already have in your library.

Volume 1:


1 (Ethiopic Apocalypse of) Enoch
2 (Slavonic Apocalypse of) Enoch
3 (Hebrew Apocalypse of) Enoch
Sibylline Oracles
Treatise of Shem
Apocryphon of Ezekiel
Apocalypse of Zephaniah
The Fourth Book of Ezra (4 Ezra)
Greek Apocalypse of Ezra
Vision of Ezra
Questions of Ezra
Revelation of Ezra
Apocalypse of Sedrach
2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch
3 (Greek Apocalypse of) Baruch
Apocalypse of Abraham
Apocalypse of Adam
Apocalypse of Elijah
Apocalypse of Daniel


Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Testament of Job
Testaments of the Three Patriarchs
Testament of Abraham
Testament of Isaac
Testament of Jacob
Testament of Moses
Testament of Solomon
Testament of Adam

This is for the second book, which is a separate book and purchase, this is a two volume series sold separately.

Volume 2:


Letter of Aristeas
Maryrdom and Ascension of Isaiah
Joseph and Aseneth
Life of Adam and Eve
The Lives of the Prophets
Ladder of Jacob
4 Baruch
James and Jambres
History of the Rechabites
Eldad and Modad
History of Joseph


3 Maccabees
4 Maccabees
The Sentences of the Syriac Menander


More Psalms of David
Prayer of Manasseh
Psalms of Solomon
Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers
Prayer of Joseph
Prayer of Jacob
Odes of Solomon


Philo the Epic Poet
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Fragments of Pseudo-Greek Poets
Demetrius the Chronographer
Aristeas ten Exegete

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