Old Testament Apocrypha

Old 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.

Read another commentary on these books.

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.


1 Esdras

2 Esdras (4 Ezra)



Judith Gets A Head of Holophernes

Esther, The Rest of

1 Maccabees

2 Maccabees


Wisdom of Solomon, The

Sirach, Wisdom of or Ecclesiasticus

The Song Of The Three (Prayer of Azariah)

Prayer of Manasseh (Addition to Daniel)



Daniel, Bell and the Dragon (addition to Daniel)

Daniel and Susanna (addition to Daniel)

Letter of Jeremiah (Baruch Chapter 6)


3 Maccabees

4 Maccabees Append in Greek Bible

Psalm 151

Testament of Job

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Old Testament Apocrypha Published by:
Books and Additions to Esther and Daniel that are in the Roman, Greek, and
Slavonic Bibles
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