The Apocrypha: An American Translation

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Edgar Johnson Goodspeed, Moses Hadas
Vintage Books, 1938 - Religion - 493 pages
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The Apocrypha consists of the books that are found in the Greek version of the Jewish Bible--the Septuagint, the earliest complete version of the Bible we possess--but that were not included in the final, canonical version of the Hebrew Bible. For this reason, they were called “Apocrypha,” the hidden or secret books, and while they formed part of the original King James version of 1611, they are no longer included in modern Bibles. Yet they include such important works as The First Book of Maccabees, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, and the stories of Susanna, Tobit, and Judith, and other works of great importance for the history of the Jews in the period between the rebuilding of the Temple and the time of Jesus, and thus for the background of the New Testament. These works have also had a remarkable impact on writers and artists. Beyond this, they are often as powerful as anything in the canonical Bible.

The translation into contemporary English is by Edgar J. Goodspeed.
 

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User Review  - Nazarene2000 - Christianbook.com

This is a must have book. In fact, you should read the apocrypha because it is used historically. Without a knowledge of it, you will lack analytic abilities toward literature in the western world ... Read full review

User Review  - william henry - Christianbook.com

Not a must have, but nevertheless an interesting addition to have in your library. I can understand why some of the books where left out but on that same note there are some books that could have been put in the canon and only added to what is already the greatest book ever written. Read full review

Contents

THE FIRST Book of ESDRAs
5
THE SEcond Book of ESDRAs
43
THE Book of ToBIT
107
THE Book of JUDITH
131
THE ADDITIONS TO THE BOOK of ESTHER
165
THE WISDOM of Solomon
179
EccLESIASTICUs or THE WisDOM OF SIRACH
221
THE Book of BARUCH
333
THE STORY OF SUSANNA
347
THE STORY of Bel AND THE DRAGON
363
THE SECOND Book of MACCABEEs
443
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About the author (1938)

Edgar J. Goodspeed, Biblical scholar and translator, was born in Quincy, Illinois, in 1871, attended Denison University, received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1898, and taught at the University of Chicago from 1899 to 1937. He brought out The New Testament: An American Translation in 1923, and continued to work on a translation of the entire Bible, completing his work with the publication of this translation of The Apocrypha in 1938. His other works include An Introduction to the New Testament (1937), A Life of Jesus (1950), and As I Remember (1953), his autobiography. Goodspeed died in 1962.

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