One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Spurious or pseudonymous writings, especially Jewish writings ascribed to various biblical patriarchs and prophets but composed within approximately 200 years of the birth of Christ.
- ‘Therefore, to church members the Book of Mormon is not fiction, not pseudepigrapha, not literary embellishment, not a parable or an allegory, but a book about real people who lived in ancient times.’
- ‘Many of these pseudepigrapha are not merely falsely ascribed, but the result of deliberate deception.’
Late 17th century: neuter plural of Greek pseudepigraphos ‘with false title’ (see pseudo-, epigraph).
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