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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Pseudepigraphy in the Early Christian Period
Pseudepigraphy in the Early Christian Period Reviews the purpose and role of pseudepigraphical literature in the ancient world and early Christian period.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Pseudonymity and Pseudepigraphy
PSEUDONYMITY AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHY. Scholars employ the term “pseudonymity” to specify a fictitious name placed on a document, either originally by the author or during transmission by a copyist. The term derives from the Gk pseudōnymous, which means “under a false name.” Similarly “pseudepigraphy” denotes
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
pseudepigraphy (Gk., “false ascription”), the practice of attributing a writing to someone who did not actually write it. The word is used with reference to the Pseudepigrapha and apocryphal Christian writings, almost all of which are deemed to be pseudepigraphical (i.e., ascribed to persons who did
Dictionary of New Testament Background
PSEUDONYMITY AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHYPseudonymity and pseudepigraphy denote the practice of ascribing written works to someone other than the author—that is, the works in question are falsely (pseud-) named (onoma, “name”) or attributed (epigraphos, “superscription”). This must not be confused with anonymity,
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
PseudepigraphyThe issue of pseudepigraphy has a bearing on the NT because several of the writings included in the NT have commonly been regarded as pseudepigraphal or pseudonymous. The terms denote literary works falsely (pseud-) attributed (epigraphos = “superscription”) or falsely named (onoma = “name”),
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
PSEUDEPIGRAPHY. Pseudepigraphy in the strict sense of the term is a literary falsification concerning the author of a work. One must therefore distinguish it from the *falsification of the text. Moreover, the term is used for apocryphal books of the OT and the NT, but it also extends to all other secular
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PSEUDONYMOUS WRITING soo-don´uh-muhs. The phenomenon of pseudonymous writing, or pseudepigraphy, is attested in most literary cultures, including ancient Israel, early Judaism, and Christianity. Although the traditional perspective accepts the attribution of the biblical books at face value, the consensus