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Typology of anonymous and pseudepigraphic Jewish literature in antiquity, c. 200 BCE to c. 700 CE

This four-year project (2007-2011) took place as a collaboration between researchers at The University of Manchester and Durham University, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It aimed to describe the literary characteristics of a large number of ancient documents important for the development of ancient Judaism and early Christianity.

Inventory of structurally important literary features

The Inventory of structurally important literary features is now available online and in PDF format. This Inventory is a systematically organized list of all structurally important literary features we have identified as occurring in the corpus of anonymous and pseudepigraphic Jewish literature of antiquity. The corpus is largely co-extensive with the four groups of texts usually known as Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, Apocrypha of the Old Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls (but only those that are nearly complete), and rabbinic literature up to the end of the Talmudic period.

The Inventory lists every literary feature that occurs at least once in the project corpus. Each point is defined in its own terms, but stands in systematic relationship to neighbouring points (of the same level of generality or not). The Inventory is the basis for a "profiling" of the literary surface of hundreds of texts, to be published separately as an online database. For more information please visit the link below:

Workshop, 11-12 July 2011

The literary structures of ancient Jewish literature

On 11-12 July 2011, a workshop on problems in the literary analysis of post-biblical Jewish literature was held in Manchester. The workshop was be discussion-based, but also introduced the use of the Inventory and of the pre-publication database for sample texts, including texts suggested by participants. It was attended by colleagues, post-docs and postgraduate research students from around the world. For more information please visit the link below:

Forum

A forum is now open to facilitate public discussion around the inventory, workshop, and other outcomes of the project. To reach the forum please follow the link below: