Introduction to DI3216: The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

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Today (15 February, 2001) marks the first realtime session of this year’s seminar at the University of St. Andrews and the opening of the list for discussion. For now the list will be unmoderated, although I reserve the right to switch to a moderated format anytime I judge the noise level to be too high. Let me remind you that all list discussion is to be governed by our Community Rule, which has been distributed to all members. If for some reason you deleted it without reading it, you can find it on the web page (see below), or you can have it sent to you from the majordomo archive by sending the message:

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I will be lecturing (and posting lecture summaries to the list for discussion) for the first few weeks. In today’s session I will offer some general and methodological observations on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Many members have already read these observations in past years, but I will distribute them to the list for the many who have subscribed since 1999, when this course was last taught. It has also been posted on the web page.

In the coming weeks I will lecture on the problem of telling whether pseudepigraphic books transmitted in Christian circles were composed by Jews or Christians; on how we can (or cannot) tell if a work has been translated from Hebrew or Aramaic; and on the Book of Giants, an ancient “Enochic” work whose literary transmission presents especially challenging problems. In later weeks we will move on to the student seminar papers and online discussion of a wide range of texts.

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