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Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism: Message, Context, and Significance

Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism: Message, Context, and Significance


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2020 Center for Biblical Studies Book Award (Reference Works)

This book introduces readers to a much-neglected and misunderstood assortment of Jewish writings from around the time of the New Testament. Dispelling mistaken notions of "falsely attributed writings" that are commonly inferred from the designation "pseudepigrapha," Daniel Gurtner demonstrates the rich indebtedness these works exhibit to the traditions and scriptures of Israel's past. In surveying many of the most important works, Introducing the Pseudepigrapha of Second Temple Judaism shows how the pseudepigrapha are best appreciated in their own varied contexts rather than as mere "background" to early Christianity or emerging rabbinic Judaism. Foreword by Loren T. Stuckenbruck.

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ISBN-13: 9780801049873
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Daniel M. Gurtner (PhD, University of St. Andrews) has written extensively on Second Temple Judaism, notably Second Baruch: A Critical Edition of the Syriac Text and the award-winning T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism (edited with Loren T. Stuckenbruck). His primary research interests lie in the Gospels and their interface with the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, as in his published dissertation, The Torn Veil: Matthew's Exposition of the Death of Jesus. He is currently writing the Word Biblical Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Loren T. Stuckenbruck
Section 1: Apocalypses
1. 1 Enoch
2. 4 Ezra
3. 2 Baruch
4. Apocalypse of Abraham
5. Sibylline Oracles 3-5, 11
6. Additional Writings: 2 Enoch, 3 Baruch, Apocalypse of Zephaniah, Testament of Abraham, and Apocalyptic Material in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Section 2: Testaments and Related Texts
7. Testament of Moses
8. Testament of Job
9. Aramaic Levi Document
10. Testament of Qahat
11. Visions of Amram
12. Additional Writings: Testament of Solomon, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, Testament of Naphtali (4Q215), and Other Testamentary Material in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Section 3: Legends and Expansions of Biblical Traditions
13. Jubilees
14. Biblical Antiquities
15. Genesis Apocryphon
16. Letter of Aristeas
17. Joseph and Aseneth
18. Additional Writings: Life of Adam and Eve (Greek), 4 Baruch, and Ezekiel the Tragedian
Section 4: Psalms, Wisdom Literature, and Prayers
19. Psalms 151-155
20. Psalms of Solomon
21. Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylides
22. Additional Writings: Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers, Prayer of Joseph, and Prayer of Nabonidus (4Q242)

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