Apocrypha

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Apocrypha 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apocrypha Something, as a writing, that is of doubtful authorship or authority; -- formerly used also adjectively.
    • Apocrypha Specif.: Certain writings which are received by some Christians as an authentic part of the Holy Scriptures, but are rejected by others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apocrypha a-pok′rif-a as applied to religious writings = (1) those suitable for the initiated only; (2) those of unknown date and origin; (3) those which are spurious—the term generally means the fourteen books or parts of books known as the Apocrypha of the Old Testament—found in the Septuagint but not the Hebrew or Palestinian canon
    • Apocrypha (1) First, or Third, Esdras; (2) Second, or Fourth, Esdras; (3) Tobit; (4) Judith; (5) the parts of Esther not found in Hebrew or Chaldee; (6) The Wisdom of Solomon; (7) The Wisdom of Jesus, the son of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus; (8) Baruch; (9) The Song of the Three Holy Children; (10) The History of Susannah; (11) Bel and the Dragon; (12) The Prayer of Manasses, king of Judah; (13) First Maccabees; (14) Second Maccabees. The Apocryphal books of the New Testament, as the Protevangelium of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gesta Pilati, &c., stand on quite a different footing, never having been accepted by any as canonical, or in any way authoritative: hidden or secret things
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. apocryphus, apocryphal, Gr. hidden, spurious, fr. to hide; from + to hide

Usage

In literature:

Have you been working up the Apocrypha as I recommended you last time we met?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Devotions from the Apocrypha.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
That's in the Apocrypha.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The Books of the Old Testament, including the Apocrypha, in the Revised Version.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
No mention is made of the Apocrypha.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
I have the only Apocrypha extant with notes by the great Swedenborg.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
A very good Book that I wot of contains an Apocrypha.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
And outside this canonical Book or Books, shall we leave all the rest of literature in a limitless Apocrypha?
"The Salvaging Of Civilisation" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The revised Apocrypha did not make its appearance until 1895.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
Pierce and consists of selections from the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha.
"Comfort Found in Good Old Books" by George Hamlin Fitch
DEVOTIONS FROM THE APOCRYPHA.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
Another apocrypha, entitled "Catalogues of Bishops," makes Peter bishop of Rome immediately after the death of his master.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
It is partly built upon the Apocrypha, of course.
"The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation" by Ernst Von Dobschutz
And regarding the so-called Apocrypha, he states that some of them had been forged in his own time by certain heretics.
"Supernatural Religion, Vol. I. (of III)" by Walter Richard Cassels
In 1879 the Bishop went up the river to Wuchang, and began the translation of the Apocrypha.
"Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ" by Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
And, to tell you the truth, Sissy, I looked in the Apocrypha, and I thought I liked I her the least of the trio.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. December, 1877." by Various
Why is the book of Esther in the Canon, and the book of Judith in the Apocrypha?
"The Book Of God" by G. W. Foote
Have had my Greek lesson and begun to read the Maccabees and the Apocrypha.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
APOCRYPHA, James, 145, 156, 204, 424.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
If we pass to Noah's testament, we are again among the apocrypha.
"Curiosities of Olden Times" by S. Baring-Gould
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In news:

But apocrypha are parables, saying something truthful without necessarily being true.
(Ecclesiasticus 2:2, The Apocrypha, Revised English Bible).
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