Ahiqar was an Assyrian sage known in the ancient Near East for his outstanding wisdom and has been found in an Aramaic papyrus of 500 BC among the ruins of Elephantine.The narrative of the initial part of the story is expanded greatly by the presence of a large number of wise sayings and proverbs that Ahikar is portrayed as speaking to his nephew. The collection of sayings is in essence a selection from those common in the Middle East at the time.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||500 BC|
Pseudepigrapha are falsely-attributed works, texts whose claimed author is not the true author, or a work whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past. Thus a widely accepted but incorrect attribution of authorship may make a completely authentic text pseudepigraphical which requires the discipline of literary criticism.
In biblical studies, the term pseudepigrapha typically refers to an assorted collection of Jewish religious works thought to be written between 300 BC to 300 AD.
|Further Reading:|| www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/ahikar.htm|
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