Apocryphal

Apocrypha are works, usually written works, that are of unknown authorship, or of doubtful authenticity, or spurious, or not considered to be within a particular canon. The word is properly treated as a plural, but in common usage is often singular. In the context of the Jewish and Christian Bibles, where most texts are of unknown authorship, Apocrypha usually refers to a set of texts included in the Septuagint but not in the Hebrew Bible.

The word’s origin is the Medieval Latin adjective apocryphus, “secret, or non-canonical”, from the Greek adjective ἀπόκρυφος (apokryphos), “obscure”, from the verb ἀποκρύπτειν (apokryptein), “to hide away”.

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Apocriphal List

Apocryphal apocalypses of the Old Testament

  • Apocalypse of Abraham
  • Apocalypse di Adam
  • Apocalypse of Baruch or 2 Baruch or Syrach Apocalypse of Baruch
  • Greek Apocalypse of Baruch or 3 Baruc
  • Apocalypse of Daniel or Persian Apocalypse of Daniel
  • Apocalypse of Elija (coptic) o 1 Elija
  • Apocalypse of Elija (Jewish) or 2 Elija or Book of Elija
  • Apocalypse of Ezra or 4 Ezra
  • Apocalypse of Sedrach
  • Apocalypse of Moses
  • Apocalypse of Zephaniah

Wills Apocrypha of the Old Testament

  • Will of Abraham
  • Will of Adam or Book of Adam
  • Will of the twelve Patriarchs
  • Will of Isaac
  • Will of Jacob
  • Will of Job
  • Will of Moses or Accession of Moses
  • Will of Salomon

 

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