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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight
There seems to be some confusion regarding the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha are the collection of books (usually between 7-15 depending how you count them and which canon you use), that the early Church used without controversy. They do not include Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of Mary. When St. Jerome came on the scene he began to question these books because they were...
Published on 4 May 2010 by Dave Kinsella

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3.0 out of 5 stars ITS OK
IT SOWS THE BIBBLE IN A DIFFERENT FORM AND IT DOES MAKE A GOOD READ FOR ALL READERS IN THIS FIELD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight, 4 May 2010
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Dave Kinsella "Jesus First" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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There seems to be some confusion regarding the Apocrypha. The Apocrypha are the collection of books (usually between 7-15 depending how you count them and which canon you use), that the early Church used without controversy. They do not include Gnostic texts such as the Gospel of Mary. When St. Jerome came on the scene he began to question these books because they were missing from Jewish Bibles. But if you look back in history Justin Martyr says that the Jews removed them deliberately because they spoke so clearly of Jesus. Wisdom of Solomon ch.2 12-20 for example is one of the clearest Messianic prophecies in the whole of the OT. It was not until Luther that these books were removed (and then only from Protestant Bibles, and then only moved to the center between the Testaments until around 1890 when they were removed completely. And that only for economic reasons by the Bible societies).

Jesus and the Apostles quoted or at least alluded to these books numerous times. And the argument that the NT writers never mentions them wouldn't stand anyway since if that was the criteria of an inspired OT book, Esther would have to be excluded too. Also these books are included in the Septuagint (the Greek version of the OT which was translated about 300 or so years before Christ). And the Septuagint is the Bible most NT writers quote from, not the Masoretic which the KJV is based on. Hebrews 10:5 is THE example for this. Check the OT reference in your modern Protestant Bible for Psalm 40:6. Hebrews 10:5 does not say "A body thou hast prepared for me", it says "Mine ears thou hast opened". This verse is a direct quote from the Septuagint, and Bible translators leave it in because it is so central to the claims Christianty. Yet in spite of this the Septuagint is regarded as almost inconsequential, second rate and not worthy of much attention by specialist and layman alike. Why? You must also realize that the Septuagint and the Apocrypha are intimately tied up together, which is why it is hard to speak of one without the other coming in at some point.

I used to be fearful of the dreaded Apocrypha. That was until I realised that the Early Christians almost unanimously accepted it as part of their OT. It's true, in spite of what modern day scholars and apologists would have you believe. Just read the writings of Polycarp and Justin Martyr extremely early examples among many. They speak of the Apocrypha as Scripture, and Justin goes so far, as I've said before, as to accuse the Jews of taking these books out of their Bible because they speak of Christ (Wisdom 2:12-20).

Even if you never come to regard these books as inspired your spiritual life will be enriched by them. They've surely got to be better than the latest best seller by John Eldridge or Rick Warren? I mean Evangelicals avoid these books like the plague. Like they'll be damned to an eternal hell just by looking at one. Yet throughout most of Church history these books were regarded as Scripture - and at the very least were honoured as the highest among non-inspired texts. What has changed our modern views? I believe anyone reading these books with an open mind will be deeply blessed. The men who wrote these books were Godly Jews, who loved God. It is evident that this is the case almost as soon as you begin reading. You will meet a few surprises along the way, but consider that as part of the journey.

BTW there are many things the Early Christians believed that we modern Christians do not. It would surprise you to know what they are. Here's a link to a book that opened my eyes:

Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today's Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity

And Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why read the Apocrypha?, 16 April 2011
This review is from: The Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Bible Nrsv) (Hardcover)
This well presented, easy to read translation has really helped me to understand some of the thngs in the New Testament of the Christian Bible that don't make sense otherwise, as it contains so much history and background to the Jewish culture that non-Jews wouldn't necessarily know, and which the writers of the New Testament didn't think they needed to explain. For example: when Jesus made his triumphal procession into Jerusalem , why did the crowd throw down palm branches when they were on the mount of Olives - why not olive branches? The answer is in Maccabees!

I throughly recommend this version as a useful tool to help bible study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Apocrypha (NRSV) Hardback., 21 Sep 2013
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It is in modern language which makes it very easy to read and understand. The quality is excellent .Perfect for my requirements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 6 Jun 2013
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Thank you for this, it has many great things in it. Although I did not get the chance to read it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden books, 29 May 2013
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It helps to fill in the missing links between books. Ideal if you are questioning the why's, how's and when's of the old testament.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted to read the Apocrypha, and this made it easy., 23 Oct 2014
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I have actually read much of this : very interesting, and it satisfied my curiosity. Well produced, reasonable price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Nov 2014
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Really useful for my Local Preacher studies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ITS OK, 10 Oct 2013
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IT SOWS THE BIBBLE IN A DIFFERENT FORM AND IT DOES MAKE A GOOD READ FOR ALL READERS IN THIS FIELD
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