The Story of the Apocrypha

The Story of the Apocrypha

The Story of the Apocrypha

The Story of the Apocrypha

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The Apocrypha have long been almost forgotten by the Christian public, although their claim to a place in the Greek, Latin, and English Bibles can hardly be denied. Our Puritan distaste for their religious backwardness is largely responsible for this neglect. But however unrewarding some parts of them may be, from a Christian point of view, their literary value is considerable and their historical importance, when they are properly understood, is great.

What makes them of positive importance to the New Testament, however, is the influence they exerted upon the personalities of the New Testament and the light they throw upon its life and thought, the groups we meet in its pages, and the ideas there developed. For the full understanding of the New Testament, it is not too much to say that the Apocrypha are indispensable. As a part too of the complete Bible, as a source book for the cultural study of art and literature and religion, the Apocrypha demand attention.

The Apocrypha are extremely interesting pieces of literature, and deserve a much wider reading and a more serious attention than they ordinarily receive.

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