Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance

David Arthur deSilva

Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance
Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance

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This comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament apocryphal books summarizes their context, message, and significance. It is the most substantial introduction to the Apocrypha available and has become a standard authority on the topic. The new edition has been substantially revised and updated throughout to reflect the latest scholarship.

  • Contents
  • Foreword by James H. Charlesworth
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • 1. Introduction: The Value of the Apocrypha
  • 2. Historical Context: "The Yoke of the Gentiles"
  • 3. Tobit: "Better Is Almsgiving with Justice"
  • 4. Judith: "Hear Me Also, a Widow"
  • 5. Greek Esther: "The Aid of the All-Seeing God and Savior"
  • 6. Wisdom of Solomon: "The Righteous Live Forever"
  • 7. Wisdom of Ben Sira: "In All Wisdom There Is the Doing of Torah"
  • 8. Baruch: "Return with Tenfold Zeal to Seek God"
  • 9. Letter of Jeremiah: "They Are Not Gods, So Do Not Fear Them"
  • 10. Additions to Daniel: "Let Them Know That You Alone Are God"
  • 11. 1 Maccabees: "The Family through Which Deliverance Was Given"
  • 12. 2 Maccabees: "There Is Some Power of God about the Place"
  • 13. 1 Esdras: "Leave to Us a Root and a Name"
  • 14. Prayer of Manasseh: "The God of Those Who Repent"
  • 15. Psalm 151: "He Made Me Shepherd of His Flock"
  • 16. 3 Maccabees: "Blessed Be the Deliverer of Israel!"
  • 17. 2 Esdras: "The Mighty One Has Not Forgotten"
  • 18. 4 Maccabees: "Noble Is the Contest"
  • Indexes


Pages: 496
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2018
ISBN-10: 080109741X
ISBN-13: 9780801097416

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