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Hendrickson Publishers The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set

Biblical authors, like any other authors, were dependant on a vast array of literary sources from the ancient world. Many of these documents are tragically lost, but what remains provides insight into the voluminous, fascinating, complex, and dynamic literary world that shaped the expressions of faith found in the Old and New Testaments.

James H. Charlesworth's classic 2 volume compendium provides these texts in a two-volume compendium entitled The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Originally published by Yale University Press, the leading critical translation of these ancient texts is now available from Hendrickson Publishers in paperback--and at a fraction of its original price.Volume 1 contains "Apocalyptic Literature" and "Testaments" that reflect a wildly varying trend towards apocalyticism in ancient Judaism. Yet, despite the existence of this movement on the fringe of Judaism, the movement maintained a definitive influence, and produced amazing, if not disturbing, literary expressions.

There can be no doubt that these writings shaped the apocalyptic imagination of the biblical authors and helped to shape the way early Christians interpreted the promised return of Jesus Christ.If the contents of Volume 1 were not enigmatic enough, Volume 2 is, arguably, even more cryptic in its contents featuring expansions of the Hebrew Bible---legends and wisdom literature, prayers and psalms, and fragments of lost works.

While these works are not so imaginative as Volume 1 they do much to aid our understanding how the religious life of Judaism was lived and practiced in the ancient world, after the Old Testament closed, and Christianity began to emerge. As a unit, these two volumes, like no other collection of texts available, illuminates the literary, social, religious, and theological context in which the Bible was shaped. They are an indispensable tool providing great insight into how religion functioned and how it was expressed in both official and unofficial circles.
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Review 1 for The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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Excellent Work, Caution for Christians

Date:January 3, 2013
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Let me clarify what recommendation I would make. I would recommend this work to those that are ready to read it, but as a pastor, I would hesitate to suggest it to the average "pew-filler." This is not scripture, and I would never want anyone to mis-understand it as such. It is a good resource for understanding the biblical languages with respect to obscure words. It is also a great resource when understand the Jewish mindset. I also like to read these works as part of a daily quiet time. They do highlight some biblical truths that are refreshing. It is important for all readers to understant that these are not scripture, and what the implications of such a truth are.
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Review 2 for The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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Excellent Value

Date:July 2, 2012
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An excellent value. Quality construction with footnotes.
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Review 3 for The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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Excellent product

Date:January 5, 2012
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I recently obtained this copy of the OT Pseudepigrapha for work on my thesis in 1 Enoch, and I am pleased to announce it exceeded my expectations both in clarity of translation and additional notations that provided excellent reference to consulted sources. I would reccomend these volumes to anyone who is serious about study in the intertestamental period and if not for that, a beautiful looking addition to your theological library! 5/5
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Review 4 for The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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Excellent

Date:December 27, 2011
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James Seward
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First, the packaging was excellent so the books arrived intact and unblemished. This is a wonderful resource if you are interested in Second Temple antecedents to Christianity.
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Review 5 for The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments, Two Volume Set
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Well produced. Quality print production

Date:January 28, 2011
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The incorporated material provides enlightening background for the period between the Old and New Testaments and the emergence of Messianic thought.
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excellent coverage

Date:January 7, 2011
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just what is neede (a) to follow up on writings mentioned in scripture studies and ( b) to finding texts bearing on persons and concepts in the Old Testament
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