Thursday, April 19, 2007

Irish Pseudepigrapha

Tomorrow's class will examine some of the pseudepigraphal material maintained by the Irish Church. As we will see, that Church had a particular interest in Adam traditions, which parallel and draw upon the Apocalypse of Moses/Latin Life of Adam and Eve.

It may be helpful if students are able to read through the Life of Adam and Eve in volume 2 of J.H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (New York: Doubleday, 1985), 249-295. Some of the comments I make about the distinctives of the Irish Adam and Eve material will make better sense if students have read this first.

Those inspired to learn Old Irish (not necessary for tomorrow, by the way) may be interested in the website run by the University of Texas at Austen's Linguistics Research Center:

I have only glanced at the site, which provides lessons and readings from classic texts. I appreciated the Old Church Slavonic site that the same center produced, though, and if it is even remotely as helpful as that site then, frankly, I shall be spending a good deal of time there! The OCS site is: