This volume of symposium papers examines the attribution of books to great figures in antiquity: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Levi, Moses, Ezekiel, Daniel and others.
The authors offer fine literary studies of these pseudepigraphical writings, assess the uses of pseudonymity and anonymity in the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic literature, and explore the theological, social and historical implications of the different attributions and approaches.
The consequences of assigning the origins of evil to humans (Adam and Eve) or to demons (the generations of Enoch and Noah) and the significance of each author's choice of pseudepigrahical pseudonym for identifying his social context are among the important issues addressed.
Esther G. Chazon, Associate Director of the Orion Center for Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature and Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has written extensively on the Words of the Luminaries, the Scrolls and Jewish Liturgy.
Michael E. Stone, Professor of Armenian and Director of the Orion Center for Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is author of over thirty books and numerous articles on Ancient Jewish Literature and Armenian Studies.
Avital Pinnick, Chief of Publications for the Orion Center for Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, has written on The Birth of Moses in Second Temple Literature.
All those interested in Bible and Biblical Interpretation (legal as well as narrative), Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Rabbinic Literature, New Testament and Early Christianity.