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Temple And Cult In Apocryphal And Pseudepigraphal Writings From Before The Common Era

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It is hardly a matter of surprise that the Temple, as a major institution in Jewish life, should be mentioned frequently within the writings of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. This chapter focuses primarily on documents written before the time of Antiochus IV or under the impact of the desecration of the Temple and the events that followed. That said, while there are obvious practical reasons for treating the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha separately, there is something a little artificial in considering any topic in these writings without at the same time taking account of the way it is treated in other contemporary corpora, not least in this context the later writings of the Hebrew Bible and the Scrolls. The treatment of a theme like that of Temple and cult in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha is inevitably bound up with the interpretation of other issues in these documents, including that of dating.

Keywords: Apocrypha; common era; cult; Pseudepigrapha; Temple



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