Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

Wikipedia states:

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is a constituent of the apocryphal scriptures connected with the Bible. It is a pseudepigraphical work comprising the dying commands of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is part of the Oskan Armenian Orthodox Bible of 1666. Fragments of similar writings were found at Qumran, but opinions are divided as to whether these are the same texts. It is considered apocalyptic literature.

The Testaments were written in Hebrew or Greek, and reached their final form in the 2nd century CE. In the 13th century they were introduced into the West through the agency of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, whose Latin translation of the work immediately became popular. He believed that it was a genuine work of the twelve sons of Jacob, and that the Christian interpolations were a genuine product of Jewish prophecy; he accused Jews of concealing the Testaments “on account of the prophecies of the Saviour contained in them.”

With the critical methods of the 16th century, Grosseteste’s view of the Testaments was rejected, and the book was disparaged as a mere Christian forgery for nearly four centuries. Presently, scholarly opinions are still divided as to whether it is an originally Jewish document that has been retouched by Christians, or a Christian document written originally in Greek but based on some earlier Semitic-language material. Scholarship tends to focus on this book as a Christian work, whether or not it has a Jewish predecessor (Vorlage).

I have listened to these, and find that there appears to be places where there have been edits, however, the detail of the testimony is incredible. I sense within me that the testimony is predominately true. I was particularly touched by the family trauma because of certain events, such as the ongoing conflict between Rachel and Leah over their father’s manipulation to insert Leah in as Jacob’s bride on the wedding night. Also, the scars, sorrow and shame because of what was done to Joseph. This was one of the most compelling things I’ve heard in some time.
Interestingly, I came upon the Testament of Issachar on “Father’s Day” and listened and wept. It was as if he was speaking to me personally down the generations as a daughter.
If you are descended from the tribes, please listen as though this is a FAMILY AFFAIR!  This is family business!  If you are grafted in, welcome to the family!

Testament of Reuben 

Testament of Simeon

Testament of Levi 1/2

Testament of Levi 2/2

Testament of Judah 1/2

Testament of Judah 2/2

Testament of Issachar

Testament of Zebulun

Testament of Dan

Testament of Gad

Testament of Asher

Testament of Naphtali

Testament of Joseph

Testament of Benjamin