Definition of pseudepigrapha in English:


Line breaks: pseud|epig¦rapha
Pronunciation: /ˌsjuːdɪˈpɪɡrəfə


Spurious or pseudonymous writings, especially Jewish writings ascribed to various biblical patriarchs and prophets but composed within approximately 200 years of the birth of Christ.
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  • Many of these pseudepigrapha are not merely falsely ascribed, but the result of deliberate deception.
  • Therefore, to church members the Book of Mormon is not fiction, not pseudepigrapha, not literary embellishment, not a parable or an allegory, but a book about real people who lived in ancient times.


late 17th century: neuter plural of Greek pseudepigraphos 'with false title' (see pseudo-, epigraph).



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  • Furthermore, the pseudepigraphal 2 Enoch, though not connecting wisdom and word directly, is also well aware of the aforementioned wisdom being present prior to the creation of the heavens and the earth.
  • Although there may have been as many as 50 pseudepigraphal gospels, most are known only by name from a few isolated statements by early church writers.


Pronunciation: /-ˈɡrafɪk/
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  • There is also an ancient pseudepigraphic tradition which contains spurious anecdotal material about Hippocrates' life.
  • Pseudepigraphic writing was particularly popular among the Jews during Hashmonean and Roman periods and this style of writing was adopted by the early Christians.

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