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The Jewish Pseudepigrapha: An Introduction to the Literature of the Second Temple Period

By Susan Docherty / SPCK / 2014


Print: $26.71


This is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the Pseudepigrapha: the Jewish texts of the late Second Temple Period (ca. 250 BC–100 AD) that are not included in the Hebrew Bible or standard collections of the Apocrypha. Each chapter deals with a specific literary genre (such as apocalyptic, testaments, and “rewritten Bible”), encouraging readers to appreciate the texts as literature as well as furthering their understanding of each book’s content and historical significance. A helpful introduction to an often overlooked body of literature, this book surveys key issues such as date, authorship, purpose, fundamental theological themes, and significance.

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Key Features

  • Surveys the literary genres of the Pseudepigripha
  • Discusses the content and significance of the texts
  • Includes information on the date, authorship, and theological themes of each book


  • Introduction
  • Rewritten Bible
  • Para-biblical Literature or Biblical Expansions
  • Non-narrative Literature: Poems, Hymns and Drama
  • Testaments
  • Apocalyptic Literature
  • Conclusions

Praise for the Print Edition

Susan Docherty offers a clear and concise introduction, based on impeccable scholarship, which opens up this fascinating world to students and general readers.

—Philip Alexander, emeritus professor of post-biblical Jewish literature, University of Manchester

This volume offers an authoritative and accessible introduction to an ancient corpus of religious texts neglected by the mainstream Judaeo-Christian tradition and largely beyond the reach of a wider readership.

Charlotte Hempel, reader of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism, University of Birmingham

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About Susan Docherty

Susan Docherty is reader in biblical studies and head of theology at Newman University, Birmingham. She is the current chair of the Annual Seminar on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, and serves as member of the steering group for the Society of Biblical Literature Hebrews Section. She specializes in early Jewish and early Christian scriptural interpretation. Her recent publications include: The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews; Genesis in the New Testament; and The Scriptures of Israel in Jewish and Christian Tradition.

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