Old Testament ApocryphaOld Testament Apocrypha: These documents are the only Bible-like record of the Intertestament Period. The Bible record ends with Malachi, there is a 400 year period, then the birth of Christ and the beinning of the New Testament record. Some of these books are historical in nature.
Old Testament Apocrypha: "Profitable and good to read." Martin Luther
"If not inspired, inspiring."
"The Old Testament apocrypha have been variously included and omitted from bibles over the course of the centuries. Protestant churches generally exclude the apocrypha (though the King James version of 1611 included them). The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches include all of the apocrypha (except for the books of Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh), but refer to them as "deuterocanonical" books. In this context, the term "apocrypha" generally refers to writings entirely outside of the biblical canon and not considered inspired (such as the Gospel of Thomas). These same books are referred to by Protestants as the "pseudoepigrapha."
These documents provide an indispensable resource for churches relying totally on the 1611 King James Version.
Some documents are scanned, others are edited for readability and by the addition of links to other resources. In time, we will annotate most of these documents to show the background to Biblical allusions.
2 Esdras (4 Ezra)
The Song Of The Three (Prayer of Azariah)
Letter of Jeremiah (Baruch Chapter 6)
4 Maccabees Append in Greek Bible
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- Old Testament Apocrypha Published by:
- Books and Additions to Esther and Daniel that are in the Roman, Greek, and
- The Additions to the Book of Esther (with a translation of the entire
- Greek Text of Esther)
- Wisdom of Solomon
- Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
- Letter of Jeremiah (= Baruch ch. 6)
- The Additions to the Book of Daniel:
- Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Jews
- Bel and the Dragon
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
- Books in the Greek and Slavonic Bibles; not in the Roman Catholic Canon
- 1 Esdras (= 2 Esdras in Slavonic = 3 Esdras in Appendix to Vulgate)
- Prayer of Manasseh (in Appendix to Vulgate)
- Psalm 151, following Psalm 150 in the Greek Bible
- 3 Maccabees
- In the Slavonic Bible and in the Latin Vulgate Appendix
- 2 Esdras (= 3 Esdras in Slavonic = 4 Esdras in Vulgate Appendix)
- (Note: in the Latin Vulgate, Ezra-Nehemiah = 1 and 2 Esdras)
- In Appendix to the Greek Bible.
- 4 Maccabees