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New Testament Introduction: Second Temple Literature


The Jewish writings of the Second Temple Period (often called the "Intertestamental Period") are significant for the interpretation of the NT as they bear witness to the historical, literary, and theological context of the apostolic writings. This page will list resources for many of these works in order to provide a basic point of entry into the discussions surrounding them with a focus on their significance for the interpretation of the NT. The following works will be included here: 1. Greek translations of the OT (also called the Septuagint, or LXX); 2. the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS); 3. OT Apocrypha; 4. OT Pseudepigrapha; 5. Rabbinic Literature; 6. Philo; 7. Targums; 8. Josephus.

Rabbinic Literature