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Apocryphon of Joseph
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A title given to a set of nonbiblical Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 250 bcad 50) fragments written in Hebrew, which may or may not be part of the same work. These texts are often classified as parabiblical or “rewritten Bible”; they may also be classified as previously unknown pseudepigrapha.Wise renames this set of texts “Stories about the Tribes of Israel” because of its broad set of content (Wise, “Stories,” 331). The Hebrew text known as “Apocryphon of David” (2Q22) is also sometimes grouped with what are commonly called the “Apocryphon of Joseph” texts.
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Apocryphon of Joseph
Apocryphon of Joseph (4Q371–373). A title given to a set of nonbiblical Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 250 bcad 50) fragments written in Hebrew, which may or may not be part of the same work. These texts are often classified as parabiblical or “rewritten Bible”; they may also be classified as previously unknown
Testament of Joseph
Testament of Joseph (4Q539). Also called Last Words of Joseph. A nonbiblical, fragmentary Aramaic manuscript found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 250 bcad 50). It may be an Aramaic version of a section of the pseudepigraphal Greek work Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. Testament of Joseph may be
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Apocryphon of Joseph
APOCRYPHON OF JOSEPH (4Q371–372, 539)Apocryphon of Joseph is the title that has been given to a Second Temple work that treats the biblical figure of Joseph, son of Jacob. The copies preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls have only been studied in a preliminary manner, and there are still many unresolved