Online Critical Pseudepigrapha

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  • Ken M. Penner
  • Judith H. Newman


For some time it has been evident that scholars of early Judaism and early Christianity need better access to the texts of the Pseudepigrapha in their original (or extant) languages and with a critical apparatus. In many cases critical editions are prohibitively expensive or out of print, and scholars without access to a large library have been hard pressed to find them.

The Online Critical Pseudepigrapha (OCP) is intended to address the problem of difficult to access Pseudepigrapha by publishing on-line, free-access critical texts of the Pseudepigrapha which are up-to-date and academically rigorous. This aim is to be realized by

  1. co-ordinating the efforts of scholars who take on the editing of individual texts;
  2. providing a forum for peer review of texts as they are developed;
  3. developing the technology necessary for the publication of these texts in electronic form; and
  4. providing a permanent web-site for the long-term publication of these texts and as a forum for ongoing text-critical work on the pseudepigrapha.

From the project webiste (accessed 2019-06-03):

The mandate of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha is to develop and publish electronic editions of the best critical texts of the "Old Testament" Pseudepigrapha and related literature.

Note that in a few cases it has not yet been feasible to publish the best eclectic text of a given document. In other cases the OCP edition of a document does not yet include all of the textual evidence. Readers should consult the "text status" information on the introductory page for each document to determine whether a better or more complete text exists elsewhere.