Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Question Regarding the Apocrypha

I recently received an email from a member of my church inquiring about the Apocrypha. For those who may be unfamiliar with the Apocrypha, this term most commonly refers to disputed books that Protestants reject and Roman Catholics and Orthodox communions accept into the Old Testament. The word apocrypha means "hidden" or "doubtful." So those who accept these documents prefer to call them "deuterocanonical," or books of "the second canon." [1]

So, are the Apocrypha books reliable? Should they be included in the biblical canon? To answer these questions, and to consider some of the arguments put forth by it's defenders, I would like to offer the following helpful resources.

In this article, apologist Josh McDowell answers the questions 1) What is the Apocrypha? 2) Why aren't these books found in Protestant Bibles? McDowell's article is a great place to start your study if you are new to the Apocrypha books.

Moreover, Dr. Norman Geisler, in a two part article, weighs the arguments for and against accepting the Apocrypha into the biblical canon. Check out part 1 here and part 2 here.

I hope these resources help!

Courage and Godspeed,


1. Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, "Apocrypha, Old and New Testaments," p. 28.


Chad V. said...

Thanks for the info Chad! I ran into a friend recently at the book store and he was looking for books on this topic. I'm not really sure what he is searching for at this point but good to these resources in case I need some reference points!

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Chad said...

Chad V.,

Great to see you on the blog! Perhaps the next time you see your friend you could offer these articles as a resource?