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5.0 out of 5 stars Just came through the door. I'm so excited!, 31 Jan. 2011
Dave Kinsella "Jesus First" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Vol. 1 & 2 (Paperback)
I've been waiting around for a long time to get this set. No particular reason why, just didn't bother till now. But now that I have them I am delighted.

To be honest I was humming and hawing about whether to get the Yale University hardback editions or the Hendrickson paperback editions, which are about half the price. I read a review online and contacted the reviewer about the quality of the paperbacks. The response I got wasn't the best, though he said he was happy with them. To be honest it was the price that just tipped me over the edge towards the Hendrickson editions, which is the editions I am reviewing here. I am happy to say I am not disappointed. Hendrickson have a reputation of quality, and this was also another factor in my decision. I have their 10 volume set of the Ante-Nicene Fathers which I really like.

One of my main concerns was whether such a hefty tome would open flat on a table the way a Smyth Sewn Bible would do. Although it is perfect bound (using glue and trimmed on all sides, which is the way the vast majority of books are bound these days), the book does open up nicely on a table. This is great for study or just plain reading for pleasure.

The paper is a little thin, kind of like Bible paper but not as good quality, which means you can see through to the other side. However, with books of this size that is to be expected, and I for one am not that bothered about it.

The contents include the following not necessarily in this order:

Volume 1 -


1 (Ethiopic Apocalypse of) Enoch
2 (Slavonic Apocalypse of) Enoch
3 (Hebrew Apocalypse of) Enoch
Sibylline Oracles
Treatise of Shem
Apocryphon of Ezekiel
Apocalypse of Zephaniah
The Fourth Book of Ezra (4 Ezra)
Greek Apocalypse of Ezra
Vision of Ezra
Questions of Ezra
Revelation of Ezra
Apocalypse of Sedrach
2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch
3 (Greek Apocalypse of) Baruch
Apocalypse of Abraham
Apocalypse of Adam
Apocalypse of Elijah
Apocalypse of Daniel


Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Testament of Job
Testaments of the Three Patriarchs
Testament of Abraham
Testament of Isaac
Testament of Jacob
Testament of Moses
Testament of Solomon
Testament of Adam

Volume 2 -


Letter of Aristeas
Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah
Joseph and Aseneth
Life of Adam and Eve
The Lives of the Prophets
Ladder of Jacob
4 Baruch
James and Jambres
History of the Rechabites
Eldad and Modad
History of Joseph


3 Maccabees
4 Maccabees
The Sentences of the Syriac Menander


More Psalms of David
Prayer of Manasseh
Psalms of Solomon
Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers
Prayer of Joseph
Prayer of Jacob
Odes of Solomon


Philo the Epic Poet
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Fragments of Pseudo-Greek Poets
Demetrius the Chronographer
Aristeas ten Exegete

Also included is a general forward by George W. Macrae, S.J., a forward for Christians by James t. Cleland and a forward for Jews by Samuel Sandmel.

There is a general intorduction by the editor and there are introductions to each work explaining such things as original language, date, provenance, historical and theological importance, relation to Biblical and apocryphal books, cultural importance and a bibliography.

The author James H. Charlesworth is the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey. He also directs the Syrus Sinaiticus Project at St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai. Charlesworth is a world-renowned translator, particularly of pseudepigraphical material, and the author of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Serpent: A Symbol of Life or Death? and The Historical Jesus.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed., 24 Nov. 2012
Frank F (Northwest London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Vol. 1 & 2 (Paperback)
For a thick paperback, I'm very pleased with the quality of the paper and printing. The finish is quite good. (I'll let you know after 10 years of use about the binding);-)
As to the content, I'm always pleasantly surprised with the quality of books associated with James Charlesworth; both his comments and those of the contributors add great value and solid understanding and the content as mentioned elsewhere is quite comprehensive. These two volumes are a great addition to my library and well worth my investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for some, 6 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Vol. 1 & 2 (Paperback)
These are very cheap (for what they are) and well produced. I'm not sure what to say about them, because I'm not sure who to say it to - the people who would normally buy these volumes tend to need them. I can only assure them that they have all the notes and introductory materials, and the print is good and the quality high. Actually, when I bought them (from Amazon) they were a fair bit more expensive, but even then I thought they were cheap. And in the end, I've had to buy the digital edition with Accordance Bible software as well, for various reasons, but I still constantly use these for extended reading.
If you're like me, you can only be grateful for the decades of work that has gone into these volumes, and the publisher who has made them available so cheaply but with as little compromise as possible.
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