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Greek: apo—“sprung from, descended from” + kryptein—“hidden; obscure, hard to understand,” thus of hidden or unknown authorship —meaning: spurious, writings that are not considered genuine and therefore not part of authentic Scripture; not approved
Singular form: Apocryphon
Apocryphal = of doubtful authenticity; spurious writings
In modern times, some have deceptively referred to these many books as “the Lost Books of the Bible.” Nothing could be further from the truth. These books have not been lost; Christians and Jews have always known about them. The commonly accepted correct name is “the apocrypha”—writings that have come from hidden or unknown authors.
This name is given to certain ancient writings which found a place in the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate versions of the Old Testament used by Catholics today. When examined with discernment and thorough understand of what actual Scripture says, it is obvious that they are part of Satan’s often effective plan to confuse and deceive the naive and uninformed.
They are NOT accepted as Scripture by Protestants or Jews. Unfortunately, some were appended to Bible translations in the 16th century. However, they should not be regarded in any sense as parts of the true inspired Word of God or true Divine revelation.
Their actual authorship is unknown and undiscoverable, and their true origins doubtful.
- In His wisdom, God proved the identity and authority of the true Apostles of Christ through numerous miracles, signs and wonders. That was the whole purpose of those thousands of miracles. And that is why those signs ended once their authority was amply established and God’s inspired Word was complete.
The contents of the books themselves show that they are not part of Scripture.
Partial list of Old Testament times apocrypha
Even ancient Jewish writers and rabbis did not accept them as Scripture.
- Additions to Esther (a.k.a. Rest of Esther)
- Apocalypse of Adam
- Apocalypse of Moses
- Bel and the Dragon (an addition to Daniel) (a.k.a. The Idol Bel and the Dragon or Vulgate Daniel 14)
- Book of Baruch
- Books of Adam
- Books of Esdras
- Books of the Maccabees
- Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan
- Daniel and Susanna (addition to Daniel)
- Book of Judith (a.k.a. Judeth) (a fictitional story of a Jewish widow who uses her beauty and charm to destroy an Assyrian general and save Israel)
- Letter of Jeremiah
- Life of Adam and Eve
- Odes of Solomon
- Prayer of Azariah (addition to Daniel)
- Prayer of Manasseh
- Psalm 151
- Psalms of Solomon—NOT the same as Songs of Solomon
- Secrets of Enoch (aka Second Book of Enoch)
- Book of Sirach (a.k.a. Wisdom of Sirach or Ecclesiasticus or Book of Ecclesiasticus or Ben Sira) —a collection of ethical teachings; an ancient non-inspired Hebrew book of wisdom
- Wisdom of Solomon (a.k.a. Book of Wisdom or simply Wisdom)
- Testament of Adam
- Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
- Book of Tobit (a.k.a. Tobit)(tells the supposed story of Tobit and his son Tobiah, Israelites of the tribe of Naphtali living in Nineveh after Sargon II had deported the northern tribes of Israel to Assyria in 721 B.C.)
Partial list of New Testament times Apocrypha
They are very many of these and contain clear evidences of their NON-apostolic origin. These writings are utterly unworthy of regard.
- 3 Corinthians
- Acts 29
- Acts and Martyrdom of St. Matthew the Apostle
- Acts of Andrew
- Acts of Andrew and Matthias
- Acts of Barnabas
- Acts of John the Theologian
- Acts of John
- Acts of Paul
- Acts of Paul and Thecla
- Acts of Peter
- Acts of Peter and Andrew
- Acts of Peter and Paul
- Acts of Philip
- Acts of Thaddeus (aka Epistles of Pontius Pilate)
- Acts of Thomas
- Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena
- Apocalypse of Paul
- Apocalypse of Peter
- Apocalypse of Thomas
- Apocryphon of James
- Apocryphon of John
- Book of James (not to be confused with the Epistle of James)
- Book of John concerning the dormition of Mary
- Book of John the Evangelist
- Book of Thomas the Contender
- Consumation of Thomas
- Diatessaron (a.k.a. Diatession)
- Epistle of Barnabas
- Epistle of the Apostles
- Epistle to the Laodiceans
- Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Laodiceans
- Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus King of Edessa
- Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca's to Paul
- First Apocalypse of James
- First Infancy Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Gospel (Acts) of Nicodemus (aka The Acts of Pontius Pilate)
- Gospel of Barnabas
- Gospel of Bartholomew
- Gospel of James (aka Infancy Gospel of James or Protevangelium of James
- Gospel of Mary
- Gospel of Nicodemus (aka Acts of Pilate)
- Gospel of Peter
- Gospel of Philip
- Gospel of the Lord (Marcion)
- Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ
- Gospel of Matthias (possibly the same as Traditions of Matthias)
- Gospel of the Nativity of Mary
- Gospel of Thomas
- History of Joseph the Carpenter
- Infancy Gospel of Matthew
- Infancy Gospel of Thomas
- Letter of Peter to Philip
- Martyrdom of Bartholomew
- Martyrdom of Matthew
- Narrative of Joseph of Arimathaea
- Paul and Seneca
- Revelation of John the Theologian
- Revelation of Paul
- Second Apocalypse of James
- Secret Gospel of Mark
- Shepherd of Hermas
- Teaching of Thaddeus
- Teachings of the Twelve Apostles
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