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Pseudepigrapha (Greek, "things falsely ascribed"), meaning "books with false titles," refers to books similar in type to those of the Bible whose authors gave them the names of persons of a much earlier period in order to enhance their authority. The Pseudepigrapha is a collection of early Jewish and some Jewish-Christian writings composed between c.200 B.C. and c.A.D. 200, not found in the Bible or rabbinic writings.

Some of these works are regarded as canonical scripture by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

See Ethiopic Orthodox canon (A.D. c. 4th century)

Old Testament ( Jewish) Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha


The Life of Adam and Eve

Slavonic Life of Adam and Eve

1 Enoch

1 Enoch - a side by side composite of R. H. Charles, Richard Laurence and others

2 Enoch

The Apocalypse of Abraham

The Testament of Abraham

The Testament of Isaac

The Testament of Jacob

The Ladder of Jacob

Joseph and Aseneth

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

I. The Testament of Reuben Concerning Thoughts

II. The Testament of Simeon Concerning Envy

III. The Testament of Levi Concerning the Priesthood and Arrogance

IV. The Testament of Judah Concerning Fortitude, and Love of Money, and Fornication

V. The Testament of Issachar Concerning Simplicity

VI. The Testament of Zebulun Concerning Compassion and Mercy

VII. The Testament of Dan Concerning Anger and Lying

VIII. The Testament of Naphtali Concerning Natural Goodness

IX. The Testament of Gad Concerning Hatred

X. The Testament of Asher Concerning Two Faces of Vice and Virtue

XI. The Testament of Joseph Concerning Sobriety

XII. The Testament of Benjamin Concerning a Pure Mind

The Assumption of Moses

The Testament of Job

The Psalms of Solomon

The Odes of Solomon

The Testament of Solomon

The Apocalypse of Elijah

The Ascension of Isaiah

The Paraleipomena of Jeremiah (4 Baruch)

The Syraiac Apocalypse of Baruch (2 Baruch)

The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (3 Baruch)

The Apocalypse of Zephaniah and The Anonymous Apocalypse

The Apocalypse of Esdras

The Vision of Esdras

The Apocalypse of Sedrach


3 Maccabees

4 Maccabees

The Apocalypse of Adam

The Apocalypse of Moses

The Book of Abraham

The Book of Adam

The Book of Jasher

Fragments of a Zadokite Work - The Damascus Document

The Letter of Aristeas

Psalm 151

Revelation of Moses

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

The Story of Ahikar

Tales of the Patriarchs

Selections from The Book of Moses

Historic Works

The Works of Flavius Josephus

Legends of the Jews (Haggada)


The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha ( 2 Volume set) February 1, 2010, by James H. Charlesworth (Editor) Hendrickson Publishers (February 1, 2010). 2104 pages. ISBN 1598564897 ISBN 978-1598564891.

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, Volume Two (Pseudepigrapha) November 1, 2004 by R. H. Charles (Editor) Publisher: Apocryphile Press (November 1, 2004). 800 pages. ISBN 0974762377 ISBN 978-0974762371.

The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus (Author), translation by William Whiston October 15, 2008 Publisher: Attic Books; 1st Edition edition (October 15, 2008). 944 pages. ISBN 0890515492 ISBN 978-0890515495.

The Legends of the Jews (1909), Volumes I & II, by Rabbi Louis Ginzberg (Author) Publisher: Forgotten Books (February 1, 2008). 540 pages. ISBN 1605067431 ISBN 978-1605067438

This is a massive collation of the Haggada--the traditions which have grown up surrounding the Biblical narrative. These stories and bits of layered detail are scattered throughout the Talmud and the Midrash, and other sources, including oral. In the 19th century Ginzberg undertook the task of arranging the Haggada into chronological order, and this series of volumes was the result.

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