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Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament by
Publication Date: 1985-10-24
The recent publication of The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha has made available for the first time in one collection 65 documents, or extant portions of them, related to the Old Testament, many of them dating from the third century B.C.E. to the second century C.E. and therefore extremely important for a better understanding of Christian origins and the writings in the New Testament. In this book, the editor of that collection presents his reflections on the importance of those documents for a much-needed clarification of the history and thought of those centuries and the emergence of both synagogal Judaism and Christianity. He discusses the Pseudepigrapha in the light of the canon of scripture assesses their significance for biblical studies, and makes a comparison with the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Codices. Professor Charlesworth offers a critique and concludes the work with an examination of the Jewish origins of early Christology.
The Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins by
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
In the Seminar "The Pseudepigrapha and Christian Origins" of the "Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas", chaired from 2000 to 2006 by Professors James H. Charlesworth (Princeton) and Gerbern S. Oegema (McGill), the relation between the Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament has been discussed systematically and intensively in a way never seen before. The Pseudepigrapha investigated included the Old Testament ones and those found in the Qumran as well as the Pseudepigrapha of the New Testament and the ones used in the Early Church. The seminar and its participants, who were all internally renowned experts from around the world, have focused on the use, adaptation, reinterpretation and further development of non-canonical traditions (except for Philo, Josephus, the Essene and early Rabbinic writings) in the canonical writings of Early Christianity. The seminar has met in total five times in various locations, while systematically being arranged around the following topics: The Pseudepigrapha and the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of Paul, the Other New Testament Writings, and the Revelation of John.