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pseudepigrapha (plural only)

  1. writings falsely ascribed to famous persons (historical or mythical) to give texts greater legitimacy. Such compositions -- for example, the Περὶ Κόσμου of Pseudo-Aristotle, De unius in re publica dominatione by Pseudo-Plutarch, the Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum by Pseudo-Philo, the Liber fornacum of Pseudo-Geber, the Psalms of Solomon by Pseudo-Solomon, etc. -- were usually composed many centuries after the ostensible author had died.
    • 1906, Henry Barclay Swete, “Authorship”, in The Apocalypse of St. John: the Greek text with introd., notes and indices[1], Macmillan, page clxx:
      The Jewish pseudepigrapha bear the names of Old Testament patriarchs, kings, or prophets.

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