Friday, April 13, 2007

Testament of Moses Abstract

I have posted the abstract of Fiona Grierson's paper on the Testament of Moses here.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

More on Moses Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

M. R. James collected a great many fragments of Moses apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, some of which we will discuss in class tomorrow. See the Moses section of his The Lost Apocrypha of the Old Testament. And one more lost Moses apocryphon is mentioned in On the Origin of the World in the Nag Hammadi library. See here for details.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Online Translation of the Latin Moses Fragment

Contra my last posting, the Latin fragment usually known as the Assumption or Testament of Moses can be found in translation online after all. A Mormon site collects translations of pseudepigrapha and apocrypha and it has a page with the Charles translation of the Latin fragment. Concentrate on Priest's translation in volume 1 of the Charlesworth OTP, if you have it. But the Charles version is serviceable if you don't.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Note on Moses

Here are a few references on the Testament of Moses and related matters. First, Peter Kirby has a web page on the Testament of Moses on his useful Early Jewish Writings website. Unfortunately, there is no translation of the Latin fragment online. On my 1998 Divine Mediators in the Biblical World website there an abstract of a paper on Moses by Ysmena Pentelow and also a bibliography entry on Moses. The listing of secondary literature is both limited and now out of date (cf. the Assumption/Testament of Moses bibliography for the current course), but the entry collects a lot of useful primary evidence.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Ladder of Jacob Abstract

I have posted the abstract for Kate Piscator's essay on the Ladder of Jacob over at the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha website.

Apologies for the long silence on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha blog. The last two weeks have been the spring break and both Dr. Macaskill and I were thoroughly preoccupied with other things. He will be posting the summary of the Ladder of Jacob class session in due course.

Later this week we will be looking at the Latin fragment generally (but perhaps inaccurately) know as the Testament of Moses.