The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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James H. Charlesworth's classic 2 volume compendium provides these texts in a two-volume compendium entitled The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Originally published by Yale University Press, the leading critical translation of these ancient texts is now available from Hendrickson Publishers in paperback--and at a fraction of its original price.Volume 1 contains "Apocalyptic Literature" and "Testaments" that reflect a wildly varying trend towards apocalyticism in ancient Judaism. Yet, despite the existence of this movement on the fringe of Judaism, the movement maintained a definitive influence, and produced amazing, if not disturbing, literary expressions.
There can be no doubt that these writings shaped the apocalyptic imagination of the biblical authors and helped to shape the way early Christians interpreted the promised return of Jesus Christ.If the contents of Volume 1 were not enigmatic enough, Volume 2 is, arguably, even more cryptic in its contents featuring expansions of the Hebrew Bible---legends and wisdom literature, prayers and psalms, and fragments of lost works.
While these works are not so imaginative as Volume 1 they do much to aid our understanding how the religious life of Judaism was lived and practiced in the ancient world, after the Old Testament closed, and Christianity began to emerge. As a unit, these two volumes, like no other collection of texts available, illuminates the literary, social, religious, and theological context in which the Bible was shaped. They are an indispensable tool providing great insight into how religion functioned and how it was expressed in both official and unofficial circles.
Number of Pages: 2104
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Key second-temple texts with introductions and notes by an international team of scholarsnow available in affordable softcover bindings.
The writers of the Bible lived in a world filled with many writings. Some of these documents are lost forever, but many have been preserved. Part of these extant sources are the Pseudepigrapha. This collection of Jewish and Christian writings shed light on early Judaism and Christianity and their doctrines.
This landmark set includes all 65 Pseudepigraphical documents from the intertestamental period that reveal the ongoing development of Judaism and the roots from which the Christian religion took its beliefs. A scholarly authority on each text contributes a translation, introduction, and critical notes for each text. Volume 2 includes expansions of the "Old Testament": legends, wisdom, and philosophical literature; prayers, psalms, and odes; and fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works.
Contributors include E. Isaac, B.M. Metzger, J.R. Mueller, S.E. Robinson, D.J. Harrington, G.T. Zervos, and many others.
Of enormous value to scholars and students, religious professionals and interested laypeople.
Part of Anchor Yale Reference Library.
John Turner5 Stars Out Of 5Only the best academic resource on the subjectJanuary 5, 2015John TurnerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The pseudepigrapha are not for everyone. This is not scripture, or remotely on par with it, but if you are a scholar of the Bible needing extra insight into the religious mindset around the time of Christ, then the pseudepigrapha are a worthwhile source. For that purpose, these volumes are the best resource I have found available. They have expert background and commentary, and a superior English translation of the available textual sources.
Mary5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Delivery of productJanuary 1, 2015MaryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a gift. Delivery was in the time they said it was to be and the person it was for likes them.
jcncdegovGreensboro, North CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Work, Caution for ChristiansJanuary 3, 2013jcncdegovGreensboro, North CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Let me clarify what recommendation I would make. I would recommend this work to those that are ready to read it, but as a pastor, I would hesitate to suggest it to the average "pew-filler." This is not scripture, and I would never want anyone to mis-understand it as such. It is a good resource for understanding the biblical languages with respect to obscure words. It is also a great resource when understand the Jewish mindset. I also like to read these works as part of a daily quiet time. They do highlight some biblical truths that are refreshing. It is important for all readers to understant that these are not scripture, and what the implications of such a truth are.
ThomEarthGender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ValueJuly 2, 2012ThomEarthGender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An excellent value. Quality construction with footnotes.
Merrill GreeneYarmouth, NSAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent productJanuary 5, 2012Merrill GreeneYarmouth, NSAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recently obtained this copy of the OT Pseudepigrapha for work on my thesis in 1 Enoch, and I am pleased to announce it exceeded my expectations both in clarity of translation and additional notations that provided excellent reference to consulted sources. I would reccomend these volumes to anyone who is serious about study in the intertestamental period and if not for that, a beautiful looking addition to your theological library! 5/5