BIBL 555 The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament
Seminar focuses on those books of the Bible that appear in major manuscripts of the Greek Septuagint and in the Latin Vulgate, but have been excluded from the Hebrew canon of Scripture. In addition to viewing these works within the context of Second Temple Judaism and in relation to canonical Scripture, students engage the following topics: the personification “Lady Wisdom” (Gr. Sophia) in Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon; misogyny in Sirach; “praying for the dead” in 2 Maccabees 12, and the so-called “Christian additions” in Baruch and the Wisdom of Solomon. Course prioritizes texts that appear in the Episcopal lectionary. Prerequisite: introductory-level coursework in biblical studies.