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Apocrypha is very simple, being from the Greek apokryphos, hidden, and corresponding to the neuter plural of the adjective.
apocrypha, the Anaphora Pilati, or "Relation of Pilate", is frequently found appended to the texts of the Acta.
apocrypha was primarily to gratify the pious curiosity of the faithful regarding the
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  Apocrypha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Commonly, among Protestant Christians, the apocrypha includes (but is not limited to) those books in the Old Testament that, early in his life, Jerome described as apocryphal in the 4th Century.
"Apocrypha" was also applied to writings that were hidden not because of their divinity but because of their questionable value to the church.
The Jewish apocrypha were part of the ordinary religious literature of the early Christians.
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 Apocrypha - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
In Judeo-Christian theology, the word apocrypha (Greek απόκρυφα, neuter plural of απόκρυφος, "hidden") refers to texts that are not considered canonical, part of the Bible, but are of roughly similar style and age as the accepted Scriptures.
While the New Testament apocrypha are not seen as divinely inspired, artists and theologians have drawn on them for such matters as the names of Dismas and Gestas and details about the Three Wise Men.
In literature, apocrypha are works that purport to have been created by somebody other than their real author, usually a famous figure, as in the case of the Ossianic cycle invented by James Macpherson.
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 Apocrypha, Deuterocanonical Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Apocrypha (Greek apokryphos,"hidden") is a word coined by the 5th-century biblical scholar Saint Jerome for the biblical books received by the church of his time as part of the Greek version of the Old Testament (see Septuagint), but that were not included in the Hebrew Bible.
Some thirteen books comprise the Apocrypha: I and II Esdras, Tobit, Judith, the Rest of Esther, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (which is also entitled the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach), Baruch, the Letter of Jeremiah, the Additions to Daniel, the Prayer of Manasses, and I and II Maccabees.
In 1548 the Council of Trent recognized the Apocrypha, excepting I and II Esdras and the Prayer of Manasses, as having unqualified canonical status.
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 The Apocypha and Pseudepigrapha
The Apocrypha are still regarded as part of the canon of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, and as such, their number is fixed.
The contribution of the study of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha to the understanding of the New Testament should not be underrated.
The general answer is that the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha should be studied because they embody an expression of the human spirit, and the historian is enjoined to study the human past.
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 Why the Apocrypha Isn't in the Bible.
In fact, the Jewish people rejected and destroyed the apocrypha after the overthow of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The apocryphal books were not permitted among the sacred books during the first four centuries of the real Christian church (I'm certainly not talking about the Catholic religion which is not Christian).
The most influential benefactor of the Apocrypha was Augustine (354-420 A.D.), the "Father of corrupt theology." He influenced the Councils of Hippo (393 A.D.) and Carthage (397 A.D.) to declare the Apocrypha canonical.
Apocrypha began to be omitted from the Authorized Version in 1629, and by 1827 were excluded permanently.
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 Preface and Introduction to Goodspeed's Apocrypha
Great values reside in the Apocrypha: the Prayer of Manasseh is a notable piece of liturgy; I Maccabees is of great historical value for its story of Judaism in the second century before Christ, the heroic days of Judas Maccabeus and his brothers, when Pharisaism had its rise.
Coverdale's translation of the Apocrypha in his Bible of 1535 was made from the Latin Vulgate, with the aid of Pagninus' Latin and of recent German translations, especially Luther's.
But in their work on the Apocrypha the King James translators were careless and perfunctory, so that it is inferior to the rest of their work in both accuracy and style.
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 The Old Testament Apocrypha Controversy
Protestants believe that the books of the Apocrypha are valuable for understanding the events and culture of the intertestamental period and for devotional reading, but are not inspired nor should they be included in the canon, the list of books included in the Bible.
The books of the Apocrypha considered to be canonical by the Roman Catholic Church are first found in Christian era copies of the Greek Septuagint, a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament.
Although some may find it unimportant that the Jews rejected the inspiration and canonicity of the Apocrypha, Paul argues in Romans that the Jews have been entrusted with the "very words of God."{6} And as we will see, the early church was not unanimous regarding the appropriate use of the Apocrypha.
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 JewishEncyclopedia.com - APOCRYPHA:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The book, which may be regarded as an Alexandrian counterpart of Esther, is found in manuscripts of the Septuagint, but is not canonical in any branch of the Christian Church.
It is probable that the two were internally connected, and that the former has been preserved in our Assumption of Moses, the extant part of which is really a Testament—a prophetic-apocalyptic discourse of Moses to Joshua.
Most of the prophetical Apocrypha are apocalyptic in form.
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 BibleNet.net - Library - Online Apocrypha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The term "apocrypha" was coined by the fifth-century biblical scholar St. Jerome and refers to the biblical books included as part of the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament), but not included in the Hebrew Bible.
The apocrypha have been variously included and omitted from bibles over the course of the centuries.
In this context, the term "apocrypha" generally refers to writings entirely outside of the biblical canon and not considered inspired (such as the Gospel of Thomas).
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Note on the Apocrypha: The term Apocrypha is used to designate a collection of ancient Jewish writings which were written between 250 B.C.E. and the early Christian centuries.
Between the Old Testament conceived of as a totality and the New Testament, there is as wide a gap as that which separates Homer and tragedy from the literature of Rome.
The Apocrypha remained in the Authorized King James version until it was taken out of the protestant Bible by the Puritans.
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 bible.org: FAQs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Apocrypha, term coined by the 5th-century biblical scholar Saint Jerome for the biblical books received by the church of his time as part of the Greek version of the Old Testament (see Septuagint), but not included in the Hebrew Bible.
Also generally included with the Apocrypha are the two books of Esdras, additions to the Book of Esther (Esther 10:4-10), additions to the Book of Daniel (Daniel 3:24-90;13;14), and the Prayer of Manasseh.
The books of the Apocrypha were not officially recognized as part of the canon until the Council of Trent (A.D. 1546) and then only by the Roman Catholic church.
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 The Apocrypha, and Why It's Not Scripture
As the claim to the presence of the Apocrypha in an "Alexandrian" canon is already dubious, even more so would be such a claim for the Hebrew canon amongst the Jews of Palestine, who had never been separated from their spiritual heritage after the return from the Babylonian exile.
As was the case in the east, the acceptance of the Apocrypha follows an identifiable chain of transmission in the west, though one which is significantly looser, due to the lack of a centralised educational facility such as was found at Alexandria.
When looking to the history of the explicit inclusion of the Apocrypha in the canon of the Old Testament, we find that it traces back to a series of councils which were held in various cities of the western part of the Roman Empire in the late 4th century and early 5th century.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Apocrypha   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Apocrypha Shop Christianbook for thousands of Christian book titles and more.
Apocrypha APOCRYPHA [Apocrypha] [Grhidden things], term signifying a collection of early Jewish writings excluded from the canon of the Hebrew scriptures.
It is the account of Tobit, a devout Jew in exile, and of his son Tobias.
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 Apocrypha: New Testament Apocrypha, the missing books of the Bible
All New Testament Apocrypha that I can trace online are stored and indexed here at comparative-religion.com, in the Christianity section.
So far as I can tell from my researches, this is the most complete such collection of New Testament Apocrypha on the internet - of all of the missing books of the Bible.
I'm going to chase them up and ensure they are added to this section, where I may.
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The RCC herself acknowledges that the Jews did not accept the Apocrypha, for it was not a part of the Hebrew canon.
Originally, apocrypha meant "hidden away"; Jews considered the books of the Apocrypha to be hidden because they were not included in the Bible.
The apocrypha and ecclesiastical books, though not authoritative for setting doctrine, had value for edification and were assigned a deutero-canonical status.
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 BibleDudes: Apocrypha: Apocrypha
No matter why they were "hidden," the Apocrypha consists of awesome tales of dudes, dragons, wisdom, war, sexual intrigue, courtroom drama, prayers for forgiveness, end of the world stuff, and a sword-wielding woman warrior 2,000 years before Xena.
For example, in the Apocrypha there is a letter that says it was written by the biblical prophet Jeremiah, but we know from the language that it was written at least 500 years after Jeremiah died.
So no matter what your religious tradition, the awesome stories in the Apocrypha are certainly worth taking a look at, whether they be sacred or simply "good for reading." As a historian, I especially love these tales' presentation of the evolution of Jewish thought between the time of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
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 The Apocrypha and the Old Testament
Sometimes you’ll see a reference to the so-called “New Testament Apocrypha,” which is a general term for ancient Christian religious writings in the form of gospels, acts, and epistles that no one in the ancient church ever thought were scriptural.
The Apocrypha that we are discussing here consists of books whose canonical status in the Old Testament has come under criticism.
The Apocrypha also contains a lot of polemic against idolatry (such as Bel and the Dragon), which helps us understand what form it took in that era, and that is good background information for studying the Old Testament and the New Testament.
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 The Error of Adding the Apocrypha, Apocryphal, or Hidden Books
The Apocrypha was accorded secondary status, and not God inspired Canon for doctrine.
This arbitrary inclusion of the Apocrypha in spite of the fact that these books were not permitted among the sacred books during the first four centuries, and that there was no evidence that they were ever part of the old Testament Hebrew congregation's inspired texts.
As stated, the Apocrypha was never even declared authoritative scripture by the Catholic Church itself until the council of Trent some fifteen hundred years after Christ established the Church.
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 Amazon.com: Apocrypha (Vintage): Books: Edgar J. Goodspeed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Apocrypha consists of the books that are found in the Greek version of the Jewish Bible--the Septuagint, the earliest complete version of the Bible we possess--but that were not included in the final, canonical version of the Hebrew Bible.
So these Apocrypha are mainly works found in the Greek translation of the Bible, the Septuagint, for which no Hebrew or Aramaic original is (or, in recent years, was) available, plus others which probably never existed except in Greek.
The Apocrypha are the books that never made it into the Canon and are a totally different set of books to the one's called Apocrypha here.
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 The Apocrypha
The word "apocrypha" means "hidden" or "concealed," but after c.
Consideration of the Apocrypha usually centers around the highly contentious issue of additional books contained in Roman Catholic bibles, and, more increasingly, in several modern Protestant versions.
The Apocrypha consists of 15 books of Jewish literature written during the intertestamental period.
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