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Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Eugene E. Carpenter

The two collections of literature known as the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha respectively are considered uninspired and nonauthoritative by Protestants. They have never been regarded as part of the official Hebrew canon (Mikra, 81-84). The church father Jerome held that the church could read them for “example of life and instruction of manners,” but added that the church does not “apply them to establish any doctrine” (Beckwith, in Mulder's Mikra, 343). However, this massive body of heterogenous Jewish/Christian literature has great value for various reasons, some of which will be noted below.