The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Apocalypses, Testaments, Legends, Wisdom, and Related Literature
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011 pp. vii + 571. $65.00
Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic Greco-Roman Era
Description: The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality is the third of five volumes by William Loader exploring attitudes toward sexuality in Judaism and Christianity during the Greco-Roman era. In this volume Loader investigates in detail a large, diverse collection of more than forty Jewish apocryphal and pseudepigraphal writings and fragments composed between the third century b.c.e. and the end of the first century c.e. Judith, Tobit, 2 Enoch, Susannah — these and many other writings reveal a complex and fascinating amalgam of attitudes and mores related to sexuality in early Jewish culture. Loader analyzes each book or fragment in its own literary context and draws out significant trends and themes that run through the entire corpus, offering a rich smorgasbord of reflection on sexuality during that period.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Pseudepigrapha, Literature
Review by Françoise Mirguet
Citation: Françoise Mirguet, review of William Loader, The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Apocalypses, Testaments, Legends, Wisdom, and Related Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).
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