Information on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Module as Taught in the Spring Semester of 2002

The following textbooks were used for the course in 2002:

James H. Charlesworth (ed.), The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, vol. 1, Apocalyptic Literature and Testaments vol. 2, Expansions of the “Old Testament” and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms, and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works(Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday, 1983, 1985) [abbreviated hereafter as OTP]

John J. Collins, The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1998)

John C. Reeves (ed.), Tracing the Threads: Studies in the Vitality of Jewish Pseudepigrapha (SBLEJL 6; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994). The only assignment from this volume is the essay “The Pseudepigrapha in Christianity,” by Robert A. Kraft (pp. 55-86). This article can be accessed on Professor Kraft’s website by clicking here.

The following books were also highly recommended for this course:

Gabriele Boccaccini, Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1998)

James C. VanderKam, An Introduction to Early Judaism (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2001) To get a list of all the files available on the otpseud archive send the message:

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A more detailed annotated basic bibiography for the course is also available for all three semesters in which it was taught.


Week 1 (15 Feb)
Introduction and Methodological Reflections

Week 2 (22 Feb–revised in August, 2002)
Jewish Pseudepigrapha and Christian Apocrypha: (How) Can We Tell Them Apart?
Read: Kraft article; Collins, chapters 1-2

Week 3 (1 Mar)
A. (How) Can We Tell if a Pseudepigraphon Has Been Translated from Hebrew or Aramaic? 
B. The Book of Giants:
1. Summary
2. Lecture
Read: Collins, chapters 3, plus the summary of the Book of the Giants above

Week 4 (8 March)
The Book of the Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36) (Al Lukaszewski)
Read: OTP 1:5-29; Collins, chapter 5

Week 5 (15 Mar)
The Animal Apocalypse (1 Enoch 83-90) (Sarah Hardcastle)
Read: OTP 1:61-72; Collins, chapter 4

Week 6 (22 Mar)
The Epistle of Enoch (1 Enoch 91-108) (Gillian Gilmour)
Read: OTP 1:72-89; Collins, chapter 6

Week 7 (29 Mar)
The Psalms of Solomon (Penelope Junkermann)
Read: OTP 2:639-70; Collins, chapter 7

Spring Break (30 March- 14 April)

Week 8 (19 Apr)
4 Ezra (JRD)
Read: OTP 1:516-59; Collins, chapter 8

Week 9 (26 April)
2 Baruch (Matthew Ellis)
The Story of Zosimus/History of the Rechabites (Alan Turnbull)
Read: OTP 1:615-52, 2:443-61

Week 10 (3 May)
The Life of Adam and Eve/Apocalypse of Moses (Philip Corbett)
Read: OTP 2:249-95; Collins, Epilogue

Week 11 (10 May)
The Apocryphon of Ezekiel/4QPseudo-Ezekiel (Samuel Giere and Bruce Hansen)
Read: OTP 1:487-95

Cumulative Index of Texts Covered in the OTPSEUD Course

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