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Pseudepigrapha course (was Re: New Name for Ioudaios) (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 09:25:06 EST
From: James R. Davila <jrd4@st-andrews.ac.uk>
To: Multiple recipients of list <ioudaios-l@lehigh.edu>
Subject: Pseudepigrapha course (was Re: New Name for Ioudaios)

David Suter wrote:
>I do think that
>Edgar Krentz has a relevant suggestion for those who are interested in
>pseudonymity, but it will take some work to organize such a discussion so
>that it becomes a virtual seminar and not just a running series of
>comments based upon what those involved already know or think.  Some of
>the people on Elenchus had such a discussion on the Didache up and running
>for a while last summer, but it bit the dust when classes started in the
>fall because the participants got tied up in class preparation and
>administration.  As far as responses to your queries go, I suspect that
>many find it easy to respond to posts on the NT because most of us know
>at least something about NT scholarship, but we frequently tend to think
>of ourselves as specialists on topics related to Judaism, I suspect, and
>tend not to respond to something outside of the area we normally work
>in.  I've tried to get discussions going on several times over issues
>related to 1 Enoch, but they tend not to get off the ground.  IOUDAIOS is
>undoubtedly an imperfect instrument, and it leaves me frustrated at
>times, but it has also opened up the possibility of discussions with old
>and new friends from my relative isolation out here in the Pacific
>Northwest, and has created various scholarly opportunities that otherwise
>simply would not have happened.

This seems like a good opportunity for me to mention that I'm planning on
offering a course on the OT Pseudepigrapha at St. Andrews during the spring
semester of 1997 that will be tied to an Internet discussion list to be
created for that purpose.  It will be something like the setups used by Jim
O'Donnell for his courses on Augustine and Boethius and Bob Kraft for his
course on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  I want especially to explore some of the
literary issues involving texts with a complex history of transmission and,
often, pseudonymous attributions of authorship.  We will be examining a
number of documents that claim to be written by a biblical figure, although
everyone rejects that claim today. I very much hope that the participants
in the great Pauline letters debate(s), as well as many other Ioudaioi,
will join up and contribute to the discussions.

Watch this space for further details this fall.

Jim Davila
University of St. Andrews