The Apocrypha (Core Biblical Studies)

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Introduction: Why Read the Apocrypha?
Chapter 1: What's In the Apocrypha?
Chapter 2: The World of the Apocrypha
Chapter 3: The Torah and the Covenant in the Apocrypha
Chapter 4: The Apocrypha and Jewish Ethics
Chapter 5: The Apocrypha and Jewish Piety
Chapter 6: Jew-Gentile Relations in the Apocrypha
Chapter 7: The Apocrypha and the Early Church
Chapter 8: The Apocrypha and the Christian Canon

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After the books of the Hebrew Bible (the Protestant Old Testament) and the New Testament, the Apocrypha, or the Deuterocanonical Books (as Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians know these texts), constitutes the single most important collection of books from antiquity for understanding the shape of Judaism in the centuries around the turn of the era and the matrix within which the early church was formed.  The impact of these texts on Jesus, the writers of the New Testament, and the early church is pervasive and potent.  They are also valuable in their own right as witnesses to the faith of Jews seeking to remain loyal to the covenant and to God amidst the stresses of living as a minority group in the Hellenistic and Roman world. 

I wrote this book as an invitation particularly to the non-specialist and the general reader to explore these important texts and as a guide to thinking about their contexts and their contributions.  Unlike my much fuller Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Contexts, and Significance (Baker Academic, 2002), which provides background and analysis on the collection text-by-text, this brief volume approaches the material more thematically.  It should be of use both to individual readers and to groups wishing to study these texts together.

Scholars, seminary students, and clergy who are likely to make use of Apocryphal texts in preaching and worship may wish to look into purchasing the volume published by Baker:

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David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory University) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio and an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He is the author of over twenty books, including The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (2012), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (2004), Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation (2009), Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance (2002), and Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation through the Book of Common Prayer (2008), as well as over one hundred journal articles and contributions to reference works and collections of essays.

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