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Introduction to the Apocrypha: Jewish Books in Christian Bibles

Lawrence M. Wills


The Apocrypha or deuterocanonical texts of the Bible were Jewish texts that were included in Christian Old Testaments over and above the books of the Jewish Bible, although in the ancient period both the Jewish canon and the Bibles of the various Christian churches were in flux. Thus the authority of these extra books, as well as the decision about which books would be so included, has also varied enormously. The Apocrypha have been continuously debated by Christian authors over the centuries, and Jewish authors from the Middle Ages on have re-introduced some of the books of the Apocrypha into ... More

Keywords: Apocrypha, deuterocanonical, Jewish, canon, Ethiopic, novellas, historical texts, wisdom, apocalypses, prayers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300248791
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300248791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence M. Wills, author
Brown University