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Apocrypha | Deuterocanon Books

 

(concealed, hidden).

Old Testament Apocrypha:

The collection of books to which this term is popularly applied includes the following: 1 Esdras - 2 Esdras - The Prayer of Manasses king of Judah.. The primary meaning of apocrypha, "hidden, secret," seems, toward the close of the second century to have been associated with the signification "spurious," and ultimately to have settled down into the latter.The separate books of this collection are treated of in distinct articles. Their relation to the canonical books of the Old Testament is discussed under Canon Of Scripture, The.

The Protestants (a denomination of the 16th century) consider other books as apocryphal too, however the Orthodox and Catholic Church accept those books, named in Arabic الأسفار القانونية الثانية (The Second Canonical Books, Deuterocanon, or Deuterocanonical Books), which are: Tobit - Judith - The rest of the chapters of the book of Esther - The Wisdom of Solomon - The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) - Baruch - The rest of the chapters of the book of Daniel (The Song of the Three Holy Children, The History of Susanna, The History of the destruction of Bel and the Dragon) - 1 Maccabee - 2 Maccabees.  And we have here at st-takla.org their full text, along with introduction about each one..

 

New Testament Apocrypha:

(A collection of legendary and spurious Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Epistles. They are go entirely inferior to the genuine books, so full of nonsensical and unworthy stories of Christ and the apostles, that they have never been regarded as divine, or bound up in our Bibles. It is said that Mohammed (of the Quran) obtained his faulty ideas of Christ entirely from these spurious gospels: ED.)

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