Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures
Accordance has just released Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Volume One), which stands among the most important publications in biblical studies over the past three decades. Richard Bauckham, James Davila, and Alexander Panayotov’s collection of Old Testament pseudepigrapha contains many previously unpublished and newly translated texts, complementing James Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and other earlier collections.
Including virtually all known surviving pseudepigrapha written before the rise of Islam, this volume, among other things, presents the sacred legends and spiritual reflections of numerous long-dead authors whose works were lost, neglected, or suppressed for many centuries. Excellent English translations along with authoritative yet accessible introductions bring those ancient documents to life for readers today.
Fast facts compiled by James Davila here:
- Contains nearly fifty complete or fragmentary texts.
- Translated from Aramaic, Armenian, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac.
- Includes the Balaam Text from Tell Deir ʻAllā (dated 700 B.C.E.), which tells an alternate, non-Israelite version of the biblical story of Balaam (Numbers 22–24).
- Includes much later texts purported to be by or about Adam, Seth, Noah, Joseph, Melchizedek, Eber, Abraham, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zerubbabel, and Ezra.
- Includes The Cave of Treasures, Palaea Historia, Hebrew Visions of Hell and Paradise, and many other ancient Jewish and Christian writings.