A-Z: General definitions: Apocrypha


The 'Old Testament Apocrypha' are books which were part of the Greek translation of the Old Testament but did not appear in the Hebrew version. They were included in the Vulgate Bible but rejected by Protestants at the Reformation. Some Christian traditions accept them as part of the authoritative canon, others do not, therefore they are not included in all editions of the Bible. The 'New Testament Apocrypha' are books incorrectly attributed to the apostles which have never been accepted as part of the New Testament. More on the Apocrypha


Greek: 'the hidden' [things].
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