Description: This collection of essays by some of the most important scholars in the fields of early Judaism and Christianity celebrates fifty years of the study of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha at the Society of Biblical Literature and the pioneering scholars who introduced the Pseudepigrapha to the Society. Since its early days as a breakfast meeting in 1969, the Pseudepigrapha Section has provided a forum for a rigorous discussion of these understudied texts and their relevance for Judaism and Christianity. Contributors recount the history of the sectionís beginnings, critically examine the vivid debates that shaped the discipline, and challenge future generations to expand the field in new interdisciplinary directions.
Features: Reflections from early members of the Pseudepigrapha Group
-Essays that examine a methodological shift from capturing and preserving traditions to exploring the intellectual and social world of Jewish antiquity
-Evaluations of past interactions with adjacent fields and the larger academic world. Contributors include: Matthias Henze, Liv Ingeborg Lied, Robert A. Kraft, Michael E. Stone, James Hamilton Charlesworth, George W. E. Nickelsburg, Patricia D. Ahearne-Kroll, Benjamin G. Wright III, Eibert Tigchelaar, Hanna Tervanotko, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Lorenzo DiTommaso, Martha Himmelfarb, William Adler, John J. Collins, Hindy Najman, Irene Peirano Garrison, James R. Davila, Randall D. Chesnutt, John R. Levison, Judith H. Newman, and John C. Reeves.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, History of Interpretation
Review by Susan Docherty
Citation: Susan Docherty, review of Matthias Henze and Liv Ingeborg Lied, eds., The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Fifty Years of the Pseudepigrapha Section at the SBL, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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