pseudepigrapha

pseudepigrapha
/sooh'deuh pig"reuh feuh/, n. (used with a plural v.)
certain writings (other than the canonical books and the Apocrypha) professing to be Biblical in character.
[1685-95; < NL < Gk, neut. pl. of pseudepíigraphos falsely inscribed, bearing a false title. See PSEUD-, EPIGRAPH, -OUS]

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      in biblical literature, a work affecting biblical style and usually spuriously attributing authorship to some biblical character. Pseudepigrapha are not included in any canon. See apocrypha.

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  • pseudepigrapha — noun Writings falsely ascribed to biblical times, especially to 3rd century Judaic scripture …   Wiktionary

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  • pseudepigrapha — apocrypha; non canonical books of the Bible Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

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  • pseudepigrapha — [ˌs(j)u:dɪ pɪgrəfə] plural noun spurious or pseudonymous writings, especially Jewish writings ascribed to various biblical patriarchs and prophets but composed c.200 BC–AD 200. Derivatives pseudepigraphal adjective pseudepigraphic adjective… …   English new terms dictionary

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