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Jennifer Shaw September 18, 2010 REL 2406 Dr. Wright Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Deuterocanonical Books and Septuagint LXX Books Derived from the Greek word for “hidden”, the Apocrypha books were written after the canon of the bible had been completed. These fourteen books provide insight on four hundred years between the Old and New Testament. Considered to be from unknown origin, the books’ name suggests the knowledge they possess is too profound for anyone other than the author. Christians believe the Apocrypha are not the true word of God and they are excluded from the canons of the Jewish and Protestant Old Testament. Roman Catholics and Orthodox churches are the groups which accept the Apocrypha. Derived from the Greek word for “false”, the Pseudepigrapha books are a collection of Jewish and Jewish-
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Unformatted text preview: Christian writings from 200 B.C.E. to 200 C.E. These books are not found in the bible and Protestants believe that these books are not related to accepted biblical characters or biblical times. The Deuterocanonical books were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches consider these books to be the writings of an inferior authority. Part of the Christian Old Testament, these books describe praying for the dead, atoning for sins and worshiping angels. Derived from the Latin word for seventy, the Septuagint LXX books are the Greek translation of Jewish scripture from 300 to 200 B.C.E. The Apocrypha books included, these thirty nine books are accepted by Eastern Orthodox churches. The Septuagint LXX books are the earliest known version of the Old Testament....
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