Overview of chapter eight
This chapter concludes the discussion of Jewish texts in the Bible, but also lays a foundation for the early Christian texts that will be examined in the next part of the book. "Second Temple" is a neutral term that describes this literature for the period from which it derives, but avoids sectarian labels such as "post-biblical" (from a Jewish perspective) or "inter-testamental" (from a Christian point of view). These are the writings of the Apocrypha and the pseudepigrapha (from the Greek terms meaning, false writings).
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