Parabiblical Texts: Literature Inhabiting the Narrative World of Scriptural Texts


Parabiblica are texts which locate themselves in the narrative world of Biblical texts, related to the Old and/ or New Testament. Many of those related to the OT are of Jewish origin but have been transmitted by Christians, others have originated in Early Christianity, Oriental Christian Cultures, Medieval Judaism and Islam.

This research group will accompany a new series founded in 2019 with the publisher Mohr Siebeck by Jan Dochhorn (main editor; Durham), Felix Albrecht (Göttingen), Christfried Böttrich (Greifswald), Nils Arne Pedersen (Aarhus), Jacques van Ruiten (Groningen) and Tobias Thum (München).



Parabiblica, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Early Judaism, Early Christianity.


Jan Dochhorn
University of Durham

Felix Albrecht
Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Member Area

Wuppertal 2021

This unit is not accepting any new proposals for the 2021 conference

After a successful introductory meeting in Warsaw (EABS 2019), our next meeting in Wuppertal (EABS 2021) will focus on Parabiblica: Their reception among Jews, Christians, Muslims, Gnostics and others. A main unit will discuss all topics of Parabiblica research. A special unit will be dedicated to Oriental Christianity. Contributions concerning philological problems are highly welcome. Papers of different length (30–60 minutes) can be presented; time for discussion will be reserved. Possible topics are: 

  • -  How did parabiblical texts function in Christian cultures (e.g. Ireland, Russia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Georgia, Armenia)? 

  • -  Parabiblical texts among the Samaritans and in Muslim cultures. 

  • -  Parabiblical texts and Christian Orthodoxy 

  • -  Parabiblical texts and experimental fringes of Christianity (e.g. „Gnosticism“) 

  • -  Early Jewish Parabiblica and the politics and religion in Early Judaism.