A Brief Intro to Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)

In his fine book which explores Jewish literature of the second temple period (516 BC to 135 AD), Larry Helyer has a helpful introduction to Ecclesiasticus (aka “The Wisdom of Ben Sira” or “The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach” or just “Sirach”).  Written around 180 BC, Ecclesiasticus is a collection of the traditions of …

What is the Pseudepigrapha?

If you’ve read even a few books in the area of New Testament studies, you’ve probably heard about the Pseudepigrapha.  What is that?  I found a helpful and brief answer to the question while making my way through Larry Helyer’s Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period. “The Greek neuter plural yeudepigrafa (pseudepigrapha) literally …

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