How to Forge a Biblical Book: Evidence from the Ancient World

Lecturer: J. Edward Wright, Visiting Professor for the Religion Department at Dartmouth

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:00 pm, Haldeman 041

This event is free and open to the public!

About the lecture:

Several books in the Greek version of the Jewish Bible were demonstrably not written by their alleged authors. Many of these books are now designated as “Pseudepigrapha” or “Apocrypha.” The term pseudepigrapha means “falsely written,” and the term apocrypha means “secret” or, more suspiciously, “hidden.” The same phenomenon occurs in the New Testament. How did such seemingly spurious writings become part of the biblical canon? In this lecture Wright will explain how these books came into being and how they became canonical. This fresh look at these “false,” “secret,” or “hidden” books will display the great diversity that existed in earliest Judaism and Christianity.

About the lecturer:

Professor Wright joins us at Dartmouth again this year, having taught as a Visiting Professor three terms over the years of 2006-2008. His reputation as an inspiring teacher and dynamic lecturer draw many to his university courses and public lectures. In recognition of his teaching Prof. Wright received “The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Most Distinguished Teaching Award.” He also has won the University’s two highest teaching awards. Following a demanding review, the University’s faculty awarded Wright the “Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award.” The students have also honored Wright’s teaching by awarding him the “Five Star Teaching Award.” This award, which is given by the Honors College on behalf of the entire student body, is the highest teaching award given by the students of The University of Arizona.