The pseudepigrapha are a class of texts from the Greco-Roman period which take their name from the fact that many of them are spuriously attributed to biblical figures. This term is used in biblical studies to describe other texts from this period as well.
See “First ‘Dead Sea Scroll’ Found in Egypt Fifty Years Before Qumran Discoveries,” BAR 08:05, Raphael Levy, and the sidebar entitled “Genizah Collection at Cambridge University 2,000 Years of History.
Late legendary narratives of the apostles such as John, Peter, Paul, Andrew and Thomas, including exploits during their ministries and account of their deaths.
Manichaeism was a highly developed and widespread dualistic Gnostic system consisting of elements from the teachings of Buddha, Zoroaster and Jesus. Mandaean gnosticism is a syncretistic religion surviving from ancient times until today in southern Iran and Iraq. It is composed of Jewish, Christian and traditional Gnostic elements.