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Newly issued in a series of part volumes, the OBC is now available in an affordable and portable format for the books comprising the Apocrypha. Includes a general introduction to using the Commentary, in addition to an introduction to the study of the Apocrypha.
The Old Testament Apocrypha is the best-loved and most-studied body of literature left out of the Protestant Bible. Called "duetero-canonical" by Catholic Christians, these books shed invaluable light on the critical period of Jewish history taking place between the testaments. Include 1 & 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Additions to Esther., Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom of Solomon, 1 Baruch, Epistle of Jeremiah, Song of the Three Holy Children, Susanna, Bel & the Dragon, Prayer of Manasses, 1 & 2 Maccabees.
Narrative receptions of New Testament texts in ancient Christian apocryphal literature.
"In treating the individual books of the Apocrypha, Harrington shows their links to the Hebrew Bible and notes their importance for understanding the New Testament."--Cover.
For many across the world, the books of the Apocrypha are Christian Scripture. Learn more about them as you learn more about how Jesus thought and lived.
In the introductory section of this volume, the author presents a detailed but concise survey of the apocryphal works. She outlines how and why this type of literature developed, and shows its relation to the growth of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. A list of the most important apocrypha, with explanatory notes about their content and influence, concludes this complete introduction. The text continues with extracts from the writings themselves. Various accounts of creation, the conceptions of good and evil and the notions of the spirit world are all studied in depth. Legends of the Age of the Patriarchs and several other selections reflect the traits of the people of ancient Israel. The author devotes special attention to the pious sect of Jews who formed the Qumran community and who are responsible for the writings in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Interesting portions from the actual text of these scrolls provide illuminating insights into the daily life of this religious group. Through comments and evaluations, the author provides a significant link in the chain of religious history.