The Apocrypha

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  • Albert Labriola (Duquesne University )

Historical Context Essay

The term “Apocrypha” designates works not included in the biblical canon of inspired books though they resemble the contents and style of the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament Apocrypha range in composition from the Third Century BCE to the Third Century CE. The New Testament books date primarily from the Second to Fourth Centuries CE, though some works may have been composed as late as the Seventh Century CE. The use and applicability of the term “Apocrypha”, however, differ among Catholics, Protestant Christians, and Jews. Catholics use various criteria to distinguish canonical from apocryphal works. Canonical works trace their origins to the Apostles and their associates. Because they were known and used i…

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Labriola, Albert. "The Apocrypha". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2004
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