Introducing The Apocrypha: Message, Context, And Significance Paperback

Message, Context, And Significance

by David Arthur Desilva; James H. Charlesworth;


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Introducing The Apocrypha: Message, Context, And Significance

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The status of the apocryphal (or deuterocanonical) books has been one of the longstanding areas of disagreement among various Christian traditions. David deSilva suggests, however, that whether one views these books as Scripture (Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians) or not (Protestant Christians), these books should be read and studied for their inherent value.

The books of the Apocrypha are a witness to faith, specifically the faith of Jewish people living from 200 B.C.E. to 100 C.E. Contemporary Christian readers find these books to be surprisingly relevant. In addition, they provide essential historical background for understanding the Judaism of Jesusí day and the Jewish matrix of early Christianity.

After explaining the value of studying the Apocrypha and surveying the historical context from which these writings emerged, deSilva proceeds through each book of the Apocrypha (as found in the NRSV). Using all the tools of a skilled interpreter, he provides the necessary background details (date, circumstances of writing, etc.) before surveying the content and message of each book. Along the way, readers are introduced to connections between the Apocrypha and the Old and New Testaments and are encouraged to embark upon their own exploration of these fascinating books.

Especially suitable for classroom settings, this substantive, up-to-date, and well-written volume is accessible to and will be enjoyed by clergy and laity as well.


David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. His works include An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation; Perseverence in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews"; and Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture

Introducing The Apocrypha: Message, Context, And Significance by David Arthur Desilva;James H. Charlesworth was published by Baker in November 2004 and is our 25037th best seller. The ISBN for Introducing The Apocrypha: Message, Context, And Significance is 9780801031038.

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Page last updated 15th April 2014
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherBaker (November 2004)
Weight567g
Number of Pages432
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780801031038
ISBN-100801031036
Product Code101920
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