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Introduction to DI3216: The Old Tesetament Pseudepigrapha (1999)

Greetings, members of the otpseud list!

Today (4 February, 1999) marks the first realtime session of this year's seminar at the University of St. Andrews and the opening of the list for discussion. For now the list will be unmoderated, although I reserve the right to switch to a moderated format anytime I judge the noise level to be too high. Let me remind you that all list discussion is to be governed by our Community Rule, which has been distributed to all members. If for some reason you deleted it without reading it, you can find it on the web page (see below), or you can have it sent to you from the majordomo archive by sending the message:



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This course module is an experiment inspired by the fine models provided by James O'Donnell in his online courses on Augustine and Boethius and Robert Kraft in his online course on the Dead Sea Scrolls (both at the University of Pennsylvania.) Our discussion list currently has 308 people signed on (an all-time high!) and I want to thank all of you for your interest. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank publicly John Henderson, the Head of User Services for the Information Technology Services at St. Andrews for setting up this system and helping to maintain it.


The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha web page is available at:

(or follow the link at the bottom of this page).

The otpseud web page contains information on the discussion list, a collection of links to related sites on the World-Wide Web, information on textbooks, and a schedule of classes and assignments. It has links to our Community Rule and to the Annotated Basic Bibliography for the course. It also has full information on the version of this course which ran in the spring semester of 1997. Copies of the complete bibliography for the 1997 session can also be obtained by sending the (again, case sensitive) message:

get otpseud otpseud.bibliography.97


The bibliography for the 1999 session is still under construction, but I will place it on the majordomo server as well when it is finished.

To get a list of all the files available on the otpseud archive send the (case sensitive) message:

index otpseud



The provisional schedule of classes is given on the web page and will be updated as the semester progresses.

I will be lecturing (and posting lecture summaries to the list for discussion) for the first two weeks. In today's session I will offer some general and methodological observations on the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (longstanding members of the list will find much of this familiar--but not all!). A summary of this lecture will come in my next message. Next week I will lecture on the Letter of Aristeas. In later weeks we will move on to the student seminar papers and online discussion of a wide range of texts.

The list is now open for discussion.

(c) 1999
Reproduction beyond fair use only on permission of the author.

Contact details

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The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
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