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Pseudo-Philo, early Jewish work extant in Latin, probably written originally in Hebrew and emanating from Palestine. It was attributed to Philo (c.20 BC–AD 50) because it circulated with his writings. The work is an imaginative re-telling of biblical narratives found in Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, amd First Samuel, but also preserving traditions not found in other writings of the period.

See J. H. Charlesworth, ed., The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (Vol. II, 1985).