Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Biblical Figures Outside the Bible

Bergren, Theodore A. (Fellow, 1998-99); Stone, Michael E., ed.

Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998

From the publisher's description:

An exciting development of recent years in the study of early Judaism and Christianity has been the growing recognition of the importance of the extra-biblical traditions for understanding these religious movements—apocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts. One major source for surviving works and traditions, however, has been largely ignored. This is the wealth of later Jewish and Christian (and to some extent Islamic) texts, citations, and traditions relating to biblical figures. One reason for the relative neglect of this material is that it is difficult to access, requiring a range of knowledge extending beyond the biblical traditions, through patristics, and into medieval studies.This book is designed to provide access to some of these complex traditions and to do it in such a way as to present the reader both with specialized insights and also with a work of general reference value.

Subjects: Religion; Apocrypha; Christianity; Judaism; Textual Criticism