Definition of pseudepigrapha in English:


plural noun

  • 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.

    • ‘Many of these pseudepigrapha are not merely falsely ascribed, but the result of deliberate deception.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 17th century: neuter plural of Greek pseudepigraphos ‘with false title’ (see pseudo-, epigraph).