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Broadly speaking, the apocrypha of Jewish origin are coextensive with what are styled of the Old Testament, and those of Christian origin with the apocrypha of the New Testament.
Christian compositions whose material was supplied by Jewish sources; the so-called "Apocalypse of Moses", the "Apocalypse of Esdras", the "Testament of Abraham", the "Testament of the Three Patriarchs", the "Prayer of Joseph", the "Prayer of Aseneth", the "Marriage of Aseneth", (the wife of Joseph)
The darkness in which the New Testament leaves the missionary careers, and the ends of the greater number of the Apostles, and the meagre details handed down by ecclesiastical tradition, left an inviting field for the exercise of inventive imaginations, and offered an apt means for the insidious propagation of heresy.
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When referring to the Old Testament, Protestant Christians use the term Apocrypha to refer to a different set of books from what Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians do, who accept a fuller canon based on the Septuagint Greek version of the Old Testament in use by Greek-speaking Jews in the time of Jesus.
Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches regard the apocrypha as canonical, belonging to the deuterocanon (literally 'second canon'); their status as being 'second canon' does not mean they are viewed as being less divinely inspired, but is merely a recognition of the controversy which has ensued over them.
While Jews reject the apocrypha as having religious value in and of of itself, at various times some in the Jewish community have drawn from it as a legitimate part of Jewish literary creativity; elements of the apocrypha have even been used as the basis for two important parts of the Jewish liturgy.
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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.
Though Protestants, Catholics and, in general, Orthodox agree on the canon of the New Testament, the Ethiopian Orthodox have in the past also included I and II Clement, and Shepherd of Hermas in their New Testament canon.
A well-known New Testament apocryphal book is the Gospel of Thomas, the only complete text of which was found in the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Apocrypha   (2016 words)

 IBSS - The Bible - Books: Apocrypha
Apocrypha in Greek means "hidden." There are the Old Testament Apocrypha books and the New Testament Apocrypha books.
Usually Apocrypha refers to the 15 books that were not part of the Hebrew cannon of scripture.
The New Testament Apocrypha books can be divided up according to genres as the New Testament is; gospels, Acts, letters or epistles, and prophesy or apocalypse.
www.bibleandscience.com /bible/books/apocrypha.htm   (413 words)

 Apocrypha, Deuterocanonical Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
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.
The New Testament Apocrypha consists of a very extensive literature, which bears distinct evidences of its non-apostolic origin, and is unworthy of regard as being comparable in importance to the 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.
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 Apocryphal New Testament
The Apocryphal New Testament is an undefined group of early Christian writings similar in general form to the biblical books but not included in the canon of the Bible.
The Apocryphal New Testament is a substantial collection of works that were published under the names of apostolic writers during the second and subsequent centuries.
The popularity of the NT Apocrypha is evidenced by the number of these works still in existence in whole or in part and the wide distribution of their use.
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 New Testament Apocrypha
These works are known as the New Testament Apocrypha, the very name of which means "hidden", and perfectly respectable books written about them contain such expressions as "secret gospels" in the title.
The four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were apparently the accepted texts on the life of Christ by the end of the second century, but it took up to two centuries longer to sort out the precise details of the various accounts of the apostles, the epistles, and the Apocalypse.
The canonical, or New Testament, texts were the only ones which could be used in church liturgy, and had to be preserved unaltered and unembellished, a process which required continual revision against accurate exemplars in the early days.
medievalwriting.50megs.com /word/newapocrypha.htm   (1225 words)

 Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha - Annotated Bibliography
The "Apocrypha" consists of the following writings: 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Additions to Esther, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Additions to Jeremiah (Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah), Additions to Daniel (Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Youths, Susannah, Bel and the Dragon), Prayer of Manasseh, 1 Maccabees, and 2 Maccabees.
Jeremiah Jones, A new and full method of settling the canonical authority of the New Testament : Wherein all the antient testimonies concerning this argument are produced...
William Hone, ed., The Apocryphal New Testament, being all the Gospels, Epistles, and other Pieces now extant, attributed in the first four Centuries to Jesus Christ, his Apostles, and their Companions, and not included in the New Testament by its Compilers.
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The Apocrypha may be arranged in the traditional Catholic order, interspersed through the Old Testament, or in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments (like Martin Luther first did in his Bible translation into German).
The Apocrypha contains helpful additional history that helps you to understand the Old and New Testaments, even for those who don't regard the Apocrypha to be of the same level of inspiration as the 66 books of the Bible that all Christians consider to be inspired by God.
The New American Standard Bible (1977) is almost as good as the NASB95, except that it reverts to archaic English in the Psalms and in the language of prayer, and is a little harder to read.
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 The Apocrypha
The texts of the New Testament Apocrypha reminds the modern seeker of the vast and prolific range of early works that were engendered in interpreting the message and teachings of Jesus the Nazarene during the first several centuries after his death and as Pauline Christianity began to emerged and struggled to define orthodoxy.
The New Testament itself is actually made up of 27 different books, letters or portions of texts, all carefully selected and edited more than 300 years after Christ's death.
These New Testament Apocrypha are generally not accepted by the Church, though the Ethiopian Orthodox Church recognizes the Shepherd of Hermas, 1 Clement, Acts of Paul, and several Old Testament books.
www.thenazareneway.com /apocrypha.htm   (2148 words)

 Luther And "New Testament Apocrypha"
Stimulated and facilitated by humanistic studies, new attention was now given to the situation in the early church and to the canonical status of the books which then had been in dispute for one reason or another.
In the New Testament various changes were made under the influence of the complete Luther Bible of 1534, and the Old Testament closely follows Luther's text, with no certainty that the Hebrew was as yet consulted.
Were one to designate such a New Testament group of books from the standpoint of intrinsic merit, early usage, and inclusion with canonical or deuterocanonical writings, certain of the "Apostolic Fathers" would qualify for consideration.
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 Wikinfo | Apocrypha
They were rejected by Martin Luther for some verses contained in some of them which seemed to contradict his views, especially a verse in Macabees which alludes to purgatory "it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins".
Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches regard the apocrypha as canonical, and refer to them as "deuterocanonical" (literally, from the 'second canon'); their status as being 'second canon' does not mean they are viewed as being less divinely inspired, but is merely a recognition of the controversy which has ensued over them.
Most of the codices found in Nag Hammadi, including the only complete text of the Gospel of Thomas, are also considered as apocrypha of the New Testament.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Apocrypha   (1652 words)

The Apocrypha are documents that were not accepted into the canon of the New Testament by the orthodox church.
Key to the acceptance of a New Testament book as canonical was the recognition that the book manifested apostolic authority; that is, that it was written or, confirmed by the ministry of the apostles.
Twenty of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are generally accepted by all to belong to the New Testament canon.
www.ordination.org /Apocrypha.htm   (744 words)

 Apocrypha, Aramaic, Canon, Codex, Papyrii, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate
The "Canon" of the Protestant church does not include the "Deuterocanonical" Old Testament Apocrypha of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
- Many thousands of scripture references from the New Testament were included in the writings of the "Church Fathers" - often brilliant bishops, scholars, doctors, theologians, and historians of the early Church through to the 5th century.
In reaction to Marcion's heresy, and to control the growing number of New Testament apocrypha, an accepted and authoritative canon became necessary.
www.ccel.org /bible/phillips/CN620NTHISTORY.htm   (2129 words)

The earliest Christian writers outside the New Testament are known as the Apostolic Fathers: they belong to the century between A.D. 80 and 180.
Their works are not to be classed as 'New Testament Apocrypha'; they are simply what they profess to be, the writings of Christian men, designed for the edification of their fellow-Christians.
The New Testament Apocrypha properly so called are the various Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypses produced during the second century and later under the names of apostles and other associates of our Lord.
www.biblestudymanuals.net /apcrypha.htm   (3281 words)

 Who decided what books got into the Bible?
The Old Testament itself says that collections of inspired and recognized books were being put in the ark of the covenant (Deuteronomy 31:9-11,24-26; 1 Samuel 10:25) and then the temple (2 Kings 22).
For the core of the New Testament including the four Gospels, Acts, the thirteen epistles of Paul, 1 John, and 1 Peter there was virtually no serious question raised about their canonical authority.
Jesus affirmed the prevailing Jewish view that the Old Testament was made up of "the law, the prophets, and the Psalms" (Luke 24:44), which was the common manner of referring to the three-fold division of the 39 books of the Old Testament.
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 Canon of The New Testament
The Syriac church’s earliest canon of New Testament consisted of either 4 gospels or Diatessaron, Acts and 14 Paul’s epistles.
Thus by itself, none of New Testament books cannot prove its canonicity and if we rely on the testimony of the Christians in the first and second century, they too may have different opinion on particular book.
In fact, this council listed both Old and New Testament books; unfortunately (for him) their New Testament books did not include Revelation, the book which becomes the background of "A Woman Rides the Beast".
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 Alibris: Apocrypha
This edition of "The Septuagint with Apocrypha" (the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and the apocryphal books of the same linguistic origin) gives the complete Greek text along with a parallel English translation by Brenton.
A new edition of our classic, The Other Bible, including a new index, new cover, and a new introduction from the author to bring The Other Bible up to date.
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.
www.alibris.com /search/books/subject/Apocrypha   (1087 words)

 Apocrypha (WebBible Encyclopedia) - ChristianAnswers.Net
They are not once quoted by the New Testament writers, who frequently quote from the LXX.
The New Testament Apocrypha is very extensive and bears distinct evidences of its non-apostolic origin.
The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha can be read on-line.
www.christiananswers.net /dictionary/apocrypha.html   (327 words)

 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - all of the New Testament Apocrypha files, listed below and which are followed an asterisk, are copyrighted works and are used only with express permission.
www.comparative-religion.com /christianity/apocrypha   (357 words)

 The Books of The Apocrypha: A Study Outline
The Old Testament Canon Was Established At A Meeting Of Rabbis At Jamnia In AD 90.
The New Testament Canon was adopted in three sessions.
To the Smyrneans Warns against belittling the sufferings of Christ and the new doctrines of heretics.
www.ubfellowship.org /archive/readers/apocraph.htm   (3652 words)

 Catholic Culture : Library : Most Theological Collection : Browse
In the form found in Greek, Latin, and Syriac, the Apostles have already left, but at her request are transported back on clouds.
Pope Pius XII defining the Assumption did not rest at all on these dubious accounts; rather, he ignored them in his survey of the development of the belief, and appealed instead to a facet of the virtually unanimous patristic New Eve tradition.
Peter, Gospel of, an apocryphal gospel of which a large fragment was found in 1886 in the tomb of Akhmim in Upper Egypt.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/most/getwork.cfm?worknum=224   (5483 words)

However the term Apocrypha often refers to a much wider selection of books, than merely those that are in the Roman Catholic Bible.
Some people today use the term "Apocrypha", when all they mean is books that sound religious but were never a part of the Bible.
Apocryphal books were also rejected because the Jews refuse to recognize any books outside of the 39 books of the Old Testament (for inclusion into their Old Testament), and also because Jesus Christ never quoted nor used ANY apocryphal book.
www.exorthodoxforchrist.com /apocrypha.htm   (1548 words)

 New Testament Apocrypha
It also introduced briefly a character called Berenice, or Veronica, who was to feature in a much later medieval legend as the woman who wiped Christ's face with her handkerchief, leaving the impression of his face on the sacred relic.
The New Testament Acts of the Apostles is also curiously inadequate in providing the necessary mythology of the early founders of the church.
It is from apocryphal texts, some dating from as early as the second century, but many adapted much later, that the stories of the lives and martyrdoms of the apostles were created.
medievalwriting.50megs.com /word/newapocrypha2.htm   (661 words)

 New Testament Bibliographic Introduction
The analytical concordance to the New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament.
The new Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible.
New Testament exegesis, a handbook for students and pastors.
www.library.yale.edu /div/ntbi.htm   (402 words)

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