Expansions of the " Old Testament" and legends, wisdom and philosophical literature, prayers, psalms and odes, and fragments of lost Judeo-Hellenistic works....
|Title||:||The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 2: Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works|
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The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol. 2: Expansions of the "Old Testament" and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works Reviews
The second half of the collection of mostly Jewish pseudepigraphal literature, featuring expansions of the Old Testament stories, legends regarding Biblical characters, wisdom literature, prayers and psalms, as well as fragments of Judeo-Hellenistic works. Notable texts include the Letter of Aristeas, Jubilees, Martyrdom/Ascension of Isaiah, Joseph and Aseneth, Jannes and Jambres, Ahiqar, and Psalms and Odes of Solomon.The introductions for each text are most valuable, explaining what is known about the text, its provenance, purpose, and importance. Many texts are replete with notes on the condition of the text, translation choices, and other details. Yet, as before, so again: the collection can be a bit uneven. Sometimes the translators have an argument to make in regards to the text and that is more illuminated than the text itself.Nevertheless, this continues to remain a most crucial work for investigation in to early Jewish literature.
This is the standard 2 vol. collection of translated OT Pseudepigrapha. The introductions are helpful, but perhaps dated by now. This collection does not contain editions of the ancient texts, but the bibliographies are helpful in locating the relevant editions and important bibliographic items. This is essentially required reading for scholars of ancient Judaism and Christianity, and scholars in these fields should know about the materials contained in these two volumes. Interested non-academics will likely find the texts interesting, strange and fun.Additionally, people of faith might be interested to read these texts that were considered sacred texts by Jews and Christians in antiquity. It could give one a new perspective on the philosophy and beliefs of one's own tradition.
The most outstanding lamentation from the OTP is the "Prayer of Manasseh", in which the author attributes anthropomorphic qualities to his beseeching heart. "Oh my God, I come to Thee with the knees of my heart bent.." In my opinion, this is the most sincere penitential prayer ever composed from the early Jewish writings.
"The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2: Expansions of the ""Old Testament"" and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, ... (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by James H. Charlesworth (1985)"
See volume 1
This comment applies to volumes 1 and 2. This is an excellent translation, and the notes are informative. I highly recommend this particular set to one's personal library.
Resource book - 2nd volume of the set. Excellent for studies of the 2nd Temple period for background information & insight
4 stars for the helpful introductions and essays