He had published in 5539 his Kriegbi chlein des Friedens (pseudonymous), his Schrifftliche and ganz gri ndliche Auslegung des 64 Psalms, and his Das verbiitschierte mit sieben Siegeln verschlossene Buck (a biblical index, exhibiting the dissonance of Scripture); in 1541 his Spruchworter (a collection of proverbs, several times reprinted with variations); in 1542 a new edition of his Paradoxa; and some smaller works.
From this standpoint it may be argued that every apocalypse is in a certain sense pseudonymous; for the materials are not the writer's own, but have come down to him as a sacred deposit - full of meaning for the seeing eye and the understanding heart.
All the Jewish apocalypses are pseudonymous, and all the Christian with the exception of the Shepherd of Hermas.
The chief ground for resorting to pseudonymous authorship in Judaism was that the belief in prophecy was lost among the people.
Moreover, the chief ground for the development of a pseudonymous literature was absent in the early Christian church.