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Edward Wright will speak on: How to Forge a Biblical Book: Evidence from the Ancient World

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Haldman 041 at 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth

Several books in the Greek version of the Jewish Bible were demonstrably not written by their alleged authors. Many of these books are now designated as “Pseudepigrapha” or “Apocrypha.” The term pseudepigrapha means “falsely written,” and the term apocrypha means “secret” or, more suspiciously, “hidden.” The same phenomenon occurs in the New Testament. How did such seemingly spurious writings become part of the biblical canon? In this lecture Wright will explain how these books came into being and how they became canonical. This fresh look at these “false,” “secret,” or “hidden” books will display the great diversity that existed in earliest Judaism and Christianity.


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