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  • James R. Davila
    Announcing the reopening of a discussion list on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: otpseud@st-andrews.ac.uk sponsored by the Divinity School of the University
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 1999
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      Announcing the reopening of a discussion list on the Old Testament


      sponsored by the Divinity School of the University of St. Andrews in
      Scotland. The list will be active during the spring semester of 1999 (from
      4 February to 30 May) and will be tied directly to a course module offered
      at St. Andrews. This course, DI3216, "The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,"
      will examine the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, a loose collection of
      ancient, quasi-biblical writings that were excluded from the canons of both
      normative Judaism and Christianity. We shall explore the reasons for the
      rejection of these documents by the major canons, the problems of the mixed
      Jewish and Christian strata in the texts, their intertextual connections
      with biblical literature, and their influence after antiquity. All texts
      will be read in English translation.

      The theme for this semester will be texts composed and transmitted in
      Greek, and the first text to be covered will be the Letter of Aristeas. In
      addition, guest lectures will be given online by Dr. Rochelle Altman (on
      the physical characteristics of ancient manuscripts), Professor Richard
      Bauckham (on the New Testament Apocrypha), and Dr. Loveday Alexander (on
      the manuscript tradition of the Testament of Solomon).

      This list will be a virtual classroom, so it will be subject to something
      rather like classroom etiquette. The realtime course is set up as a
      seminar, with a mixture of lectures by the instructor and sessions devoted
      to discussion of student seminar papers. Summaries of the lectures and
      abstracts of student papers will be posted on the list to stimulate further
      discussion by the listmembers. The focus will be scholarly analysis of the
      texts we will be reading, of related texts of the same period (such as the
      Dead Sea Scrolls or other documents from the Pseudepigrapha), and of the
      historical background of the texts in Second Temple Judaism, early
      Christianity, and the Greco-Roman world to late antiquity. Discussion
      should be courteous, well-informed (i.e., familiar with the assigned
      materials for the realtime class and the scholarly literature in general),
      and to the point. Further guidelines on list etiquette and approaches will
      be distributed to subscribers. The content of the course will be oriented
      toward specialists, but nonspecialists are welcome too. I reserve the
      right to decide in individual cases whether a potential subscriber should
      be added to the list and whether a current subscriber should continue on
      the list. The sending of a subscription request (instructions below)
      indicates acceptance of the conditions given in this paragraph.

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      Futher details on the list and the course will be provided in the
      introductory message to new subscribers. You can also find a large
      database on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha on the course web page at:


      The origin points for this announcement are Ioudaios-L and Crosstalk.
      Please feel free to redistribute this message to any list or person who
      might be interested. Apologies for any duplications.

      Dr. J R. Davila
      Lecturer in Early Jewish Studies
      University of St. Andrews
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