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Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance

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In this accessible book, David deSilva introduces the Old Testament Apocryphal books and summarizes their context, message, and significance. Now in paperback.
"DeSilva does a fine job of placing the Apocrypha within the historical context of the Jewish world in which early Christianity was forged."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback, 428 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Baker Academic
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Theron Mathis
Oct 19, 2011 Theron Mathis rated it it was amazing
I am involved in adult education at an Orthodox parish. A couple years, after the The Orthodox Study Bible: Ancient Christianity Speaks to Today's World was published, members of the class asked me to teach on those extra OT books. I was raised Protestant, so while I knew the Bible well, I knew nothing of these books. My response, like a parent delaying a request they don't want to fulfill, was "We'll see".

Eventually I decided to take up the challenge, but outside of reading the books themselve
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Monica Willyard
May 26, 2015 Monica Willyard rated it really liked it
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As a Protestant, I was curious about why my Catholic friends have extra books in their Bibles. This book does a fantastic job of answering that question.
Chris
Mar 30, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
A helpful, albeit dry, survey of the Apocrypha. Desilva describes each text's content, theology, contributions to Jewish and Christian thought, as well as more technical aspects such as textual transmission. This is a good book for anyone interesting in learning more about the history of the Apocrypha as well as the influence it had on both Palestinian and diaspora Jewish culture in the 1st century. The book ends abrubtly and would have benefited from a conclusion.
jon
Aug 11, 2016 jon rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to finish this book, largely because it is a reference and resource book. If you have familiarity with the Apocrypha (here, and often distinguished as the Old Testament from the New Testament Apocrypha), you will enjoy reading Desilva, whether you read the book, as I did, from left to right, or as most, I imagine, on topic.
David Smiley
Apr 13, 2016 David Smiley rated it it was amazing
As a Protestant, it saddens me that my colleagues do not always take seriously the theological and historical weight for Second Temple Judaism that is found in the Apocrypha. I would refer any of them to deSilva's work for a better understanding of this corpus.
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May 28, 2010 Rhesa rated it it was amazing
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After years of looking, finally I found a comprehensive study of the Apocrypha, this is gonna be a feast of information & insight
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Very well organized and easy to understand.
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David A. deSilva (PhD, Emory University) is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. His numerous books include Introducing the Apocrypha and An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation.
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