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Pseudigrapha refers to certain noncanonical writings purported to have come from biblical characters, and refers to books of ancient Jewish literature outside the canon and the Apocrypha. The writings purport to be the work of ancient patriarchs and prophets but are, in their present form, mostly productions from about 200 B.C. to A.D. 200.

These writings have at times been popular with some branches of Christianity, but by their very nature there is no accepted fixed limit to the number of writings that are called pseudepigrapha, for what one person or group regards as canon another may call pseudepigrapha. Some of the writings originated in Palestine and were written in Hebrew or Aramaic; others originated in North Africa and were written in coptic Greek and Ethiopic. These include legends about biblical characters, hymns, psalms, and apocalypses. Things relating to Enoch, Moses, and Isaiah are prominent.

Although not canonized nor accepted as scripture, the pseudepigrapha are useful in showing various concepts and beliefs held by ancient peoples in the Middle East. In many instances latter-day revelation gives the careful student sufficient insight to discern truth from error in the narratives, and demonstrates that there is an occasional glimmer of historical accuracy in those ancient writings. The student may profit from this, always applying the divine injunction that "whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom"

 

The Books of Adam and Eve     translation of the Latin version

Life of Adam and Eve     translation of the Slavonic version

Life of Adam and Eve     translation of the Greek version (a.ka. The Apocalypse of Moses)

The Apocalypse of Adam

The Book of Adam

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

 

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1 Enoch    (Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch)

1 Enoch Composit    (inc. Charles, Lawrence & others)

2 Enoch    (Slavonic Book of the Secrets of Enoch)

Enoch    (another version)

Melchizedek

The Book of Abraham

The Testament of Abraham

The Apocalypse of Abraham

 

 

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The Book of Moses  Selections from

Revelation of Moses

The Assumption of Moses (aka: The Testament of Moses)

The Martyrdom of Isaiah

The Ascension of Isaiah

The Revelation of Esdras

The Book of Jubilees

Tales of the Patriarchs

The Letter of Aristeas

The Book of the Apocalypse of Baruch (aka: 2 Baruch)

The Greek Apocalypse of Baruch (aka: 3 Baruch)

Fragments of a Zadokite work (aka: The Damascus Document)

 

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