Thursday, 26 November 2015

JSP December issue - What is an Old Testament Pseudepigraphon?

The December issue of The Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha is just out. My review article of the 2013 volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (eds. R. Bauckham, J.R. Davila and A. Panayotov) (here) is part of it. You find my article here.

The review essay was first presented at a session at the 2013 SBL Annual Meeting. An early version of it has been available on for a while. The essay published in JSP is a longer, revised version, including discussions of two entries/two dilemmas (not one as in the original paper version).

"Text - Work - Manuscript: What is an Old Testament Pseudepigraphon?"

The 2013 volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, edited by Richard Bauckham, James R. Davila and Alexander Panayotov, is a highly important contribution to the field of Pseudepigrapha studies, making previously unpublished material available for further study. This review essay discusses the editorial strategies that have shaped the volume, focusing in particular on the representation of its basic building block, the pseudepigraphon. Exploring two entries in the volume, ‘The Book of Noah’ and ‘The Story of Melchizedek with the Melchizedek Legend and the Chronicon Paschale’, this article demonstrates how privileging the early ‘work’ as the default mode of representation creates imaginations of Pseudepigrapha that may not match the manuscript sources that have in fact survived.

Some absolutely shameless self promotion: my article was the most read article of the JSP in December 2015.

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