Among the topics are whether the books of Hosea and Jeremiah know of a Sinai/Horeb Golden Calf story, whether the sheep worshiped the Golden Calf: the animal apocalypse's reading of Exodus 32, leaders without blemish: pseudo-Philo
's retelling of the biblical Golden Calf story, traces of the Golden Calf in the Epistle to the Hebrews, anti-Judaism and pedagogy: Greek and Latin patristic interpretations of the calf incident, and the incident of the Golden Calf in pre-Islamic Syriac authors.
The actual texts included are too numerous to mention here, but among them are the Septuagint; the Book of Jubilees; Pseudo-Philo
's Book of Biblical Antiquities; generous selections of the writings of Philo and Josephus; various testaments, including the Testament of Abraham and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs; wisdom literature, such as the Wisdom of Solomon and the Wisdom of Ben Sira; stories set in biblical and early post-biblical times, such as Joseph and Asenath, Judith, and Tobit; historical writings from post-biblical times, including 1 and 2 Maccabees; and numerous sectarian texts found at Qumran, such as the Rule of the Community and the Temple Scroll.
Bernstein, "The Genesis Apocryphon: Compositional and Interpretive Perspectives"; and Howard Jacobson, "Biblical Interpretation in Pseudo-Philo
's Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum." A carefully crafted synoptic approach characterizes van Ruiten's treatment of Jubilees.
Gross also explores the reception history of the story, beginning with Pseudo-Philo
"Remember Amalek!" Vengeance, Zealotry, and Group Destruction in the Bible According to Philo, Pseudo-Philo
, and Josephus, by Louis H.
's Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 3:10 has a clear allusion to 1 Enoch 51:1.
This compendious set of two volumes of translation and commentary, with an extended introduction, of the Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum of Pseudo-Philo
, is a landmark in the study of this remarkable document.
Among their topics are Pseudo-Philo
and the Pharisees, a look at the prehistory of rabbinic Judaism, the Aqedah in the Bavli: an analysis of Sanhedrin 89b, midrash and metalepsis in Genesis Rabbah: a reappraisal of rabbinic atomism, and the lost matriarch in Genesis Rabbah.
The essays of the first half (Part I: Paradises of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins) address the New Testament, Philo, Pseudo-Philo
, Josephus, and the Gospel of Thomas.
It is, however, unclear whether this assessment also applies to other forms of Rewritten Scriptures, such as the Liber Antiquitatum Bibli-carum of Pseudo-Philo
, which she mentions only in passing.
Chapters four through six concentrate on apocryphal literature, especially Pseudo-Philo
Thereafter, Stuckenbruck considers Tobit 11:14-15 (Tobit blesses God and 'all his holy angels'), Joseph and Asenath 14:1-12; 15:11-12 (Asenath possibly blesses the angel with God); Pseudo-Philo
13:6 (the feast of trumpets 'an offering for your watchers'), and a number of passages (in I Enoch, Testament of Levi, Testament of Dan, 3 Baruch, Pseudo-Philo
, Life of Adam and Eve, and Testament of Solomon) in which angelic mediation of prayers is mentioned.