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The Apocrypha.

The Apocrypha.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781519115089
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: Nov 04, 2015
  • Pages: 358 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.81 x 8.0 x 5.0 inches

Overview

The Biblical apocrypha ( meaning "hidden") denotes the collection of ancient books found, in some editions of the Bible, in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments or as an appendix after the New Testament. Although the term apocrypha had been in use since the 5th century, it was in Luther's Bible of 1534 that the Apocrypha was first published as a separate intertestamental section. To this date, the Apocrypha is "included in the lectionaries of Anglican and Lutheran Churches." Moreover, the Revised Common Lectionary, in use by most mainline Protestants including Methodists and Moravians, lists readings from the Apocrypha in the liturgical kalendar, although alternate Old Testament scripture lessons are provided. In the preface to the books of the Apocrypha in the Geneva Bible, it is said to contain "books proceeding from godly men" and therefore recommended reading. Later, during the English Civil War, the Westminster Confession of 1647 excluded the Apocrypha from the canon and made no recommendation of the Apocrypha above "other human writings", and this attitude towards the Apocrypha is represented by the decision of the British and Foreign Bible Society in the early 19th century not to print it. Today, "English Bibles with the Apocrypha are becoming more popular again" and they are often printed as intertestamental books.

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