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Pseudepigraphie und Verfasserfiktion in frühchristlichen Briefen
Frey, Jörg, Jens Herzer, Martina Janßen and Clare K. Rothschild, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009 pp. xii + 902. €139.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 246

Description: Since the classic studies of early Christian pseudepigraphy in the 1960s and 70s, pseudonymity has been a vital question of New Testament scholarship. Yet no comprehensive, new work taking into consideration the many recent developments in the field has been published. Today scholarship demands exacting discussions of ancient parallels, categorizing method and type of authorial fiction and addressing respective functions and legacies. The present volume meets this demand through its examination of a wide range of pseudonymous authorial constructions from Early Judaism to the Greek and Roman world. It features treatments of apocalyptic, Qumran, wisdom and apocryphal literature as well as the ancient letter novel while maintaining a focus on New Testament epistolary literature. The volume covers all NT texts commonly viewed as pseudonymous as well as Hebrews. Its chief aim is to update respected treatments of the past with a fresh awareness of the immense variety of texts and strategies.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Hebrews and Catholic Epistles, Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Christoph Stenschke
Published 5/13/2011
Citation: Christoph Stenschke, review of Jörg Frey, Jens Herzer, Martina Janßen, and Clare K. Rothschild, eds., Pseudepigraphie und Verfasserfiktion in frühchristlichen Briefen, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

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