The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set  -     Edited By: James H. Charlesworth
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Biblical authors, like any other authors, were dependant on a vast array of literary sources from the ancient world. Many of these documents are tragically lost, but what remains provides insight into the voluminous, fascinating, complex, and dynamic literary world that shaped the expressions of faith found in the Old and New Testaments.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 2104
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1598564897
ISBN-13: 9781598564891
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Key second-temple texts with introductions and notes by an international team of scholars—now 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.

Author Bio

James H. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey. He also directs the Syrus Sinaiticus Project at St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai. Charlesworth is a world-renowned translator, particularly of pseudepigraphical material, and the author of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Serpent: A Symbol of Life or Death? and The Historical Jesus.

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    The 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.
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    Let 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.
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    I 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
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