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Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Charlesworth, James H., Lee Martin McDonald and Blake A. Jurgens, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. xxx + 197. $112.00

Series Information
Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies, 20


Description: Many of the writings deemed 'apocryphal' and 'pseudepigraphical'were in circulation in the early centuries of Judaism and Christianity. Their influences and impacts on the development of early communities, and the development of Jewish and Christian thoughts, have not yet been sufficiently examined. While this judgment is especially true for the so-called Christian Apocrypha, it also applies for other writings that were not included in the Jewish and Christian Bibles and nor in other sacred collections of Scripture,like Rabbinics and Patristics. Most of these ancient writings functioned, to some degree, as sacred texts or scripture—sacra scriptura—in the communities in which they were produced and in others to which they circulated.This volume focuses on how some of these forgotten voices were heard within numerous early religious communities, helping to remove the distressing silence in many areas of the ancient world.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches

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Review by Tobias Nicklas
Published 2/9/2017
Citation: Tobias Nicklas, review of James H. Charlesworth, Lee Martin McDonald, and Blake A. Jurgens, eds., Sacra Scriptura: How “Non-canonical” Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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