Questions about the Old Testament and Jewish History:
Why is it important to understand Old Testament history?
About the resources below:
Much of Jewish history is found in the Old Testament and can be found in the Jewish Tanakh. Additional history is found in the Deutrocanonical books most commonly found in the Catholic versions of the Bible, which Protastent Bibles omit. Below you will also find writings of famous Jewish writers and historians Philo of Alexandria and Josephus.
|1 Esdras||Wisdom of Solomon||Susanna|
|2 Esdras||Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach||Bel and the Dragon|
|Tobit||Baruch||Prayer of Manasseh|
|Judith||Letter of Jeremiah||1 Maccabees|
|Additions to Esther||Prayer of Azariah||2 Maccabees|
Pseudepigrapha (some not Jewish)
Dead Sea Scrolls – coming soon*
Philo of Alexandria – see Introduction to Philo
Flavius Josephus – see Introduction to Josephus
Talmud – see Introduction to Talmud
*Information Taken from earlyjewishwritings.com – a scholarly compilation of Jewish writings.