The Apocrypha

Most people have heard of the Apocrypha, but few understand what it really is. Webster says, “A group of 14 books, …… included in the Septuagint (Jewish) and Vulgate (Catholic) in the Old Testament, but not by most Protestants.” Apocrypha literally means of doubtful authorship and/or authenticity.

These are small books and well worth reading but not to be equated with Scripture.

They are:

I Esdras = corresponding to the books of Ezra and Nehemiah

II Esdras = see above

Tobit = the story of a devout Jew (Tobias)

Judith = A pious Jewess who cut off the head of the enemy army as he slept, to save her town.

The rest of Esther = More about the story of Esther

The Wisdom of Solomon = more from Solomon

Ecclesiasticus = Also called Wisdom of Jesus

Baruch, with the Epistle of Jeremiah = written by a friend of Jeremiah

The Song of the Three Holy Children = included as part of Daniel 3 in the Catholic Bible

The History of Susanna = During the time of Daniel

Bel and the Dragon – included as chapter 14 of Daniel in the Catholic Bible

The Prayer of Manasses = when King Manasses (of Judah) while being held captive in Babylon

I Maccabees = history of Chanukah
II Maccabees = see above

The two books of Maccabees are the most well read and contain the history of Chanukah during the 400 year period between the Old and New Testaments.

So now you know the rest of the story!

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka
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