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orion [Ioudaios crosspost] OT Pseud. list
Announcing the reopening of a discussion list on the Old Testament
sponsored by the Divinity School of the University of St. Andrews in
Scotland. The list will be active during the spring semester of 1999
(from 4 February to 30 May) and will be tied directly to a course module
offered at St. Andrews. This course, DI3216, "The Old Testament
Pseudepigrapha," will examine the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, a loose
collection of ancient, quasi-biblical writings that were excluded from the
canons of both normative Judaism and Christianity. We shall explore the
reasons for the rejection of these documents by the major canons, the
problems of the mixed Jewish and Christian strata in the texts, their
intertextual connections with biblical literature, and their influence
after antiquity. All texts will be read in English translation.
The theme for this semester will be texts composed and transmitted in
Greek, and the first text to be covered will be the Letter of Aristeas.
In addition, guest lectures will be given online by Dr. Rochelle Altman
(on the physical characteristics of ancient manuscripts), Professor
Richard Bauckham (on the New Testament Apocrypha), and Dr. Loveday
Alexander (on the manuscript tradition of the Testament of Solomon).
This list will be a virtual classroom, so it will be subject to something
rather like classroom etiquette. The realtime course is set up as a
seminar, with a mixture of lectures by the instructor and sessions devoted
to discussion of student seminar papers. Summaries of the lectures and
abstracts of student papers will be posted on the list to stimulate
further discussion by the listmembers. The focus will be scholarly
analysis of the texts we will be reading, of related texts of the same
period (such as the Dead Sea Scrolls or other documents from the
Pseudepigrapha), and of the historical background of the texts in Second
Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and the Greco-Roman world to late
antiquity. Discussion should be courteous, well-informed (i.e., familiar
with the assigned materials for the realtime class and the scholarly
literature in general), and to the point. Further guidelines on list
etiquette and approaches will be distributed to subscribers. The content
of the course will be oriented toward specialists, but nonspecialists are
welcome too. I reserve the right to decide in individual cases whether a
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introductory message to new subscribers. You can also find a large
database on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha on the course web page at:
The origin points for this announcement are Ioudaios-L and Crosstalk.
Please feel free to redistribute this message to any list or person who
might be interested. Apologies for any duplications.
Dr. J R. Davila
Lecturer in Early Jewish Studies
University of St.
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