Pseudepigrapha always struck me as a great name for a pet guinea pig. Neither members of the porcine family nor from Guinea, these rodents are remarkably companionable. But like the word pseudepigrapha, this post isn’t about guinea pigs. I’ve been reading various documents among this sprawling category of texts, and I can see the fascination they hold for scholars of Second Temple Judaism. My own specialization was on the earlier end of the spectrum—Ugarit had ceased to exist even before a first temple was built and provided clues to how this whole religion got started in the first place, but that’s a story for another time. The account of the pseudepigrapha cannot be summarized easily. Some of the documents have been known to scholars for a very long time. Others have been (and continue to be) discovered, some quite recently.
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