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Should I Study The Apocrypha

I have accessed the Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia to view the King James Version and Revised Standard Version of the HOLY BIBLE. They have apocrypha. I have'nt seen apocrypha before. What's the importance of these books?

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i've studied them and they are interesting, yet i also conclude that they are uninspired, and unnecessary for deep theological import. Since these are not included in the Hebrew (Jewish) Old Testament Bible, and their content is questionable as to genuine inspiration, they were kept out of the New Testament as well.
---Eloy on 5/24/08


That is also my question.
---maare on 8/14/07


Thank you, Jack, for the information.
---linda6546 on 6/2/05


The books called Apocrypha/Deuterocanonicals are part of the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures made some 200 years before Christ, so they clearly existed in Hebrew at the time. They were not excluded from the Hebrew canon until 90 AD--good 2 generations AFTER Pentecost!

All the pre-Reformation Churches accepted them. They weren't excluded until then (rather late). The first English version to exclude them was the NASB--which wasn't until the 1960's.
---Jack on 5/28/05


Okay, Wendell and Tiffany: Thank you for the suggestion.
---linda6546 on 5/26/05




I encourage you to explore it, and discern for yourself. I believe it is important to understand the beliefs of other demoninations and learn what those earlier Christians believe. The Apocrypha is believed to come out of the dark ages, which was before the Protestant Reformation, therefore, when it came out there was no distinctions between the beliefs of the early Christians. So it is not an Catholic thing, it was an early church thing.
---Tiffany on 5/22/05


You should read the Apochrypa. It contains historical data not recorded in the Gospels. They may or may not be inspired works, but they do serve a useful purpose! After all, the books we do accept were translated and transliterated by man - so were the Apocrypha!
---Wendell on 5/19/05


Pay no attention to it, it's a catholic thing that man made up.
---Bob on 5/9/05


I hope I don't tick anyone off with this one. Once my grandma asked me to look up 2 Macabees. Her sunday school teacher liked to tease her. I found a Catholic Bible and looked it up. There were a lot of Greek names in it and the old testament was written in Hebrew so I told her that was wierd. She replied, "see why we aren't Catholic?" I figured she had a point and never looked at it further. My grandma was a godly woman to be trusted for sure.
---Julie on 5/8/05


There are approx. 15 books of the Apocrypha. (Some, why not All appear in the Douay(RCC) bible?)
Its commonly agreed that some of these books contain material of literary and historical merit or value.But their canonicity has been rejected and gradually were omitted from Protestant bibles for a variety of reasons:Jesus never quoted not one of them, most of the early fathers regarded them uninspired,they did not appear in Hebrew canon, inferior quality of most of the writings as compared with canonical books stamps them as unworthy of a place in sacred scripture.No need of them.
---NV_Barbara on 5/7/05




the Apocrypha was not included in the original canon of the Bible, it's writing style and format is different from the original canon, and it wasn't added until years AFTER the completion of the original canon.
---gabriel on 5/7/05


Hi(Uninspired by the Holy Spirit. They contradict our 66 book bible in some places.) How do you know they are uninspired? How do you know the BIBLE is inspired. Who told you this is the truth!If the Early christans believe in the 7 extra books and the reformations took than out in the 1500, why would you believe that they are right?
---ruben on 5/7/05


For the most part, the apochrypha were rejected by the Protestand Reformation on the ground of unreliabilty and not refered to in the NT. They range from historic, Macabees through demonic, Baal and the Dragon. Saying that, there is one used by many pentecostals. When they say that they rebuke Satan, based on Jude. This comes from a book called the Assumption of Moses and has Biblical basis.
---mike4113 on 5/7/05


Thank you, folks, for the answers. I am becoming interested with it. If these books are good pieces of literature, then I will find time to read them. Don't worry, about getting lost, am just interested to know why some of you said these are not inspired. I've been lost many times but this time I will make your words as markers for me to get safely home.
---linda6546 on 5/7/05


Uninspired by the Holy Spirit. They contradict our 66 book bible in some places.

Perhaps that's why Jesus never spoke of anything contained in these books.
In one of the books is where the RCC get their "Purgatory" belief, that is nowhere else in the bible.

There were several books that the RCC did not include, I believe they added 6 of the books.
---NVBarbara on 5/7/05


It's plain and simple. Got to agree with curt on this one.
---John on 5/6/05


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Interesting reading, and good stories, and may even give good teachings about God, but not inspired by the Holy Spirit, and not used in winning souls for Christ. I stick to the 66 books of the Bible.
---Ann5758 on 5/6/05


do not waste your time with anything that is not part of the 66 books of the bible.
---curt on 5/6/05


APOCRYPHA means "Hidden Things" in the Greek. It is a term that was started by 5th century (St)Jerome and refers to books included in the Septuagint, which is the Greek version of the Old Testament but it is not included in the Hebrew Bible.

There are many books considered Aproryphal but omitted from many non-Catholic Bibles because they didn't pass the test of included Scripture in their content and context.
Cond #2-->
---Elder on 5/6/05


Cond #2-->
The Roman Catholic church includes these book but call them "Deuterocanonical" books. Some understand this to be the second part.

These books are entirely outside Biblical Canon and are not considered inspired such as additions to the book of Ester, Prayer of Manasseh, I & II Maccabees.
Cond #3--->
---Elder on 5/6/05


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Cond #3--->
I would not recommend a young or new Christian reading or studying these books as they will cause confusion and the mature Christian must beware also.

Shirley thanks for your confidence.
---Elder on 5/6/05


Tobit,Judith,Esther(Greek),Wisdom of Solomon,Sirach,Baruch,Letter of Jeremiah,Song of the Three Young Men,Susanna,Bel and the Dragon,I Maccabees,II Maccabees,1 Esdras,Prayer of Manasseh were in the Septuagint Greek text of the Old Testament in circulation at the time of Christ and are accepted by the Roman Catholics as part of the canon of the Old Testament. (Preface to the United States Central Command Desert Storm bible) These books are the accepted Apocrypha and Deuterocanonicals.
---gregg4933 on 5/6/05


Bro. Elder Knows much much more about this subject, but The acocrytha is not an inspired writing, but rather a history of a religeous sect of people. I have a 1611 bible and it is in there, but I don't think the King James bibles have then anymore. The 1611 bible is in the old english language and is fun to read.
---shira_5965 on 5/6/05


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