Apocryphal Texts

Apocrypha, (from Greek apokryptein, “to hide away”), in biblical literature, works outside an accepted canon of scripture. The history of the term’s usage indicates that it referred to a body of esoteric writings that were at first prized, later tolerated, and finally excluded. In its broadest sense apocryphahas come to mean any writings of dubious authority. A brief treatment of apocrypha follows. For full treatment, see biblical literature: Apocryphal writingsCitation: Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. “apocrypha”, accessed January 02, 2016,http://www.britannica.com/topic/apocrypha.

From Wikipedia: “The Biblical apocrypha (from the Greek ἀπόκρυφος, apókruphos, meaning “hidden”) denotes the collection of ancient books found, in some editions of the Bible, in a separate section between the Oldand New Testaments” Reference: As in the original King James or Authorized Version, and in modern Bibles such as the New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, 4th Expanded Edition:New Revised Standard Version

Rebecca Starks’s Article Collection 

Old Testament Apocrypha 

  1. Got Questions.org: What are the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books?
  2. Blue Letter Bible: What Is the Old Testament Apocrypha?
  3. Blue Letter Bible: What Are the Contents of the Various Books of the Old Testament Apocrypha?
  4. Blue Letter Bible: Why Were the Books of the Apocrypha Rejected as Scripture by the Protestants?
  5. Bible Research: The Old Testament Canon and Apocrypha
  6. Michael Marlowe:  Formation of the New Testament Canon
  7. ESV Study Bible: The Canon of the Old Testament

New Testament Apocrypha 

  1. The Development of the New Testament Canon: List of Apocryphal New Testament Writings
  2. Michael Marlowe:  Formation of the New Testament Canon
  3. Ryan Turner: An Overview of the Lost Books of the New Testament;Myths about the Lost Books of the New Testament.
  4. Michael Kruger: Apocryphal Books in Early Christian Codices; Evidence for their Canonical Status?; Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon: In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were As Popular As the Canonical Books.
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