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1. Spurious writings, especially writings falsely attributed to biblical characters or times.
2. A body of texts written between 200 bc and ad 200 and spuriously ascribed to various prophets and kings of the Hebrew Scriptures.
[Greek, from neuter pl. of pseudepigraphos, falsely ascribed : pseudēs, false; see pseudo- + epigraphein, to inscribe (epi-, epi- + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots).]
pseud′e·pig′ra·phal (-rə-fəl), pseud′ep·i·graph′ic (so͞o′dĕp-ĭ-grăf′ĭk), pseud′ep·i·graph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl), pseud′e·pig′ra·phous (-rə-fəs) adj.
1. (Bible) various Jewish writings from the first century bc to the first century ad that claim to have been divinely revealed but which have been excluded from the Greek canon of the Old Testament. Also called (in the Roman Catholic Church): Apocrypha
2. (Judaism) various Jewish writings from the first century bc to the first century ad that claim to have been divinely revealed but which have been excluded from the Greek canon of the Old Testament. Also called (in the Roman Catholic Church): Apocrypha
[C17: from Greek pseudepigraphos falsely entitled, from pseudo- + epigraphein to inscribe]
Pseudepigraphic, ˌPseudepiˈgraphical, ˌPseudeˈpigraphous adj
pseud•e•pig•ra•pha(ˌsu dəˈpɪg rə fə)
certain writings other than the canonical books and the Apocrypha professing to be Biblical in character.
[1685–95; < New Latin < Greek, neuter pl. of pseudepígraphos falsely inscribed, bearing a false title. See pseud-, epigraph, -ous]
pseud`ep•i•graph′ic (-dɛp ɪˈgræf ɪk) adj.
the spurious writings (other than the canonical books and the Apocrypha) professing to be biblical in character, as the Books of Enoch. — pseudepigraphic, pseudepigraphical, pseudepigraphous, adj.See also: Bible
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|Noun||1.||Pseudepigrapha - 52 texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 but ascribed to various prophets and kings in the Hebrew scriptures; many are apocalyptic in nature|