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Why Read the Pseudepigrapha?

Over the last year or so I have been steadily working my way through the Pseudepigrapha (see volume two here).  If you have not read the Pseudepigrapha I would highly recommend it. Obviously, the Pseudepigrapha is not inspired nor is it authoritative for Christians, but it offers a wealth of insight into the literary and theological world of the Jews.  We all know that the New Testament quotes from it (Jude 1:9, 14-15), but where I really began to see its significance was when I started teaching through the book of Revelation.  For example, G. K. Beale’s commentary on Revelation is loaded with extra-biblical literature, which helps “fill out” the way John uses symbols in the book.  I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the Pseudepigrapha and reading it (at the very least get volume one) if you are serious about understanding Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity.   I would also suggest reading the Apocrypha, which provides a great amount of history and theology that takes place between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

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