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Use and Interpretation of Mikra in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

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The corpus designated as the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament includes various Jewish writings of different origin and character, that have, nevertheless, certain common features which distinguish them from other contemporary bodies of literature such as the Ancient Versions, the rabbinic midrashim, the Qumran sectarian writings and some of the Jewish Hellenistic works. This chapter is based on the fundamental characteristics of the literature under discussion and its use of biblical elements. The explicit use of Mikra means that the biblical elements are introduced with an explicit reference to their source. The use of biblical elements includes mention of persons and circumstances. In Testament of Levi, the episode of Dinah is mentioned in a narrative section in which Levi tells his sons of his youth. The story of Dinah is evoked by the names and circumstances of the protagonists.

Keywords: Apocrypha; biblical elements; Mikra; Old Testament; Pseudepigrapha



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