The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2: Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, ... (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) [Hardcover]
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Overview 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. 1008 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.
Publishers Description 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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Release Date Aug 1, 1985
Publisher Yale University Press
Series Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
ISBN 0300140207 ISBN13 9780300140200
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More About James H. Charlesworth
James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director and Editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.
Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada. He is also President of the Institute for Biblical Research.
Blake A. Jurgens is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and a Fulbright Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany.
James H. Charlesworth has published or released items in the following series...
Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
Dead Sea Scrolls
Jewish and Christian Text
Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies
Princeton-Prague Symposia Series on the Historical Jesus
Reviews - What do customers think about The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2: Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, ... (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)?
Finally Jan 14, 2010
At last, a book unbiased and as complete as the information currently available. This, along with volume 1 is a must have. Interesting how us "Christians" like to twist things around from what actually is truth.
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2: Dec 21, 2009
I love to read what the so called Teachers don't want you to read. These books are powerful and everyone needs to have a copy for there research. I feel that it lines up with the Bible. There are maybe a few books that do not but if you are a bible reader you will know these books that don't. These books to me are the hidden books that now the heavenly Father wants to be revealed.
Diverse Collection of Noncanonical Jewish Literature with Helpful Supplementary Material. Nov 19, 2009
"The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2: Expansions of the Old Testament and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms, and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works" includes 38 works or fragments of works, 13 of which are expansions of stories from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, 5 wisdom literature, 7 prayers or psalms, plus pieces of 13 fragmentary Judeo-Hellenistic works. They are dated from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD, with the exception of "Ahiqar", which may be Assyrian 6th or 7th century BC. Thirty-two translators contributed to this volume, and each provides an informative introduction to his work, including discussion of the source texts, original languages, date, provenance, historical importance, theological importance, relation to canonical and noncanonical works, cultural importance, about the translation, and a selective bibliography.
The introductions to each text are important analyses in themselves, packed with interesting information and context that is essential for reading the texts. It is also helpful to read the "Introduction for the General Reader" by the editor James H. Charlesworth at the beginning of the book to get a broad idea of its contents and how they are significant. This is the same introduction as is in Volume 1. Charlesworth also introduces each section with suggestions of other canonical and noncanonical works of the same genre for comparison and further reading. The texts have footnotes and marginal references. The footnotes are extensive, sometimes occupying most of the page, 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.
The literature in Volume 2 represents a variety of styles in Jewish literature, with one exception: "The Odes of Solomon" are Christian. "Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah" is a Jewish/Christian composite. And "The Lives of the Prophets", "4 Baruch", and "Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers" include some later Christian interpolations. But the bulk of these works are Jewish, and, unlike many of the works in Volume 1, did not contribute in any direct way to New Testament texts, though 3 and 4 Maccabees and the "Prayer of Manasseh" are deuterocanonical in some Christian denominations. The style of the literature ranges from a Greek romance novel (Joseph and Asaneth) to hymns, poetry, and historical works. They also represent great variety in politicoreligious perspective, from legalist and Messianic (Jubilees, Psalms of Solomon) to the Hellenist Judaism common to Egypt. This volume tends more toward the latter and is especially useful for comparing Jewish thought in Egypt to that of Palestine.
The "Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works" constitute a relatively small section of this book, but, to be clear, all but one (Pseudo-Hecataeus) are works by Jewish authors writing in Greek literary forms, and most are not literally pseudepigraphic. Unfortunately, none of these works is extant in its entirety. They come to us only in fragments quoted by the Greek historian Alexander Polyhistor, Eusebius, Clement of Alexandria, or Josephus. The works tend to advance the idea that the Greek ideals admired by their authors have some basis in Judaism. These two volumes of Old Testament Pseudepigrapha are impressive in their scope and in the quality of the commentary. Keep in mind that some theories are out of date, most conspicuously the idea that the authors or owners of the Dead Sea Scrolls were the Essenes. An Index at the back of Volume 2 is for both Volumes 1 & 2.
The texts in Volume 2 are: Letter of Aristeas, Jubilees, Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, Joseph and Asaneth, Life of Adam and Eve (two parallel versions), Pseudo-Philo, The Lives of the Prophets, Ladder of Jacob, 4 Baruch, Jannes and Jambres (fragments), History of the Rechabites, Eldad and Modad (fragments), History of Joseph (fragments), Ahiqar, 3 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, Pseudo-Phocylides, 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. The Judeo-Hellenistic fragments are: Philo the Epic Poet, Theodotus, Orphica, Ezekiel the Tragedian, Fragments of Pseudo-Greek Poets, Aristobulus, Demetrius the Chronographer, Aristeas the Exegete, Eupolemus, Pseudo-Eupolemus, Cleodemus Malchus, Artapanus, Pseudo-Hecataeus.
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.
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE AND RELATED WORKS
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 (OFTEN WITH APOCALYPTIC SECTIONS)
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.
EXPANSIONS OF "OLD TESTAMENT" AND LEGENDS
Letter of Aristeas Jubilees Maryrdom and Ascension of Isaiah Joseph and Aseneth Life of Adam and Eve Pseudo-Philo The Lives of the Prophets Ladder of Jacob 4 Baruch James and Jambres History of the Rechabites Eldad and Modad History of Joseph
WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHICAL LITERATURE
Ahiqar 3 Maccabees 4 Maccabees Pseudo-Phocylides The Sentences of the Syriac Menander
PRAYERS, PSALMS, AND ODES
More Psalms of David Prayer of Manasseh Psalms of Solomon Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers Prayer of Joseph Prayer of Jacob Odes of Solomon
SUPPLEMENT: FRAGMENTS OF LOST JUDEO-HELLENISTIC WORKS
Philo the Epic Poet Theodotus Orphica Ezekiel the Tragedian Fragments of Pseudo-Greek Poets Aristobulus Demetrius the Chronographer Aristeas ten Exegete Eupolemus Pseudo-Eupolemus Cleodemus Artapanus Pseudo-Hecataeus
2nd Part of Charlesworth Translation Jun 17, 2008
Charlesworth is highly respected by his contempories as well he should be. He tackled some impossible scrolls and did it right. This read, the 2nd book of pseudepigrapha, is remarkable to say the least.
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