What is 4 Maccabees?

Apocrypha

Despite the name of this book, 4 Maccabees has nothing to do with Judas Maccabeus and his brothers. So why is it called 4 Maccabees? 4 Maccabees is in the Hellenistic Judaism tradition. The point […]

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What is 2 Esdras?

Apocrypha

Like 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras was not written by Ezra. The earliest part of the book was not written until the first century AD. Second Esdras is made up of a Jewish writing called 4 […]

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What is 3 Maccabees?

Apocrypha

One would assume, based on the title, that like 1 and 2 Maccabees, that 3 Maccabees is an account of the revolt led by Judas Maccabeus. That would be a reasonable assumption. It would also […]

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What is Psalm 151?

Apologetics and Theology

Did you even know there was a Psalm 151? The truth is there are many more psalms than the 150 found in the Bible. A psalm is a genre and there is no reason why […]

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What is the Prayer of Manasseh?

Apologetics and Theology

In 2 Kings 21:1-18, Manasseh is portrayed as a purely wicked king of Judah. In 2 Chronicles 33, Manasseh is also described as a bad king but with the added detail of his repentance. Read my […]

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What is 1 Esdras?

Apocrypha

The most complicated aspect of 1 Esdras is that it is sometimes called 1 Esdras and sometimes 3 Esdras. When it is called 3 Esdras, it is because the Old Testament books of Ezra and […]

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What is 2 Maccabees?

Apocrypha

You should not think of 2 Maccabees as the sequel to 1 Maccabees. It is not like 1 and 2 Kings where one book is broken into two parts for the sake of space. Nor […]

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What is 1 Maccabees?

Apologetics and Theology

It has long been my opinion that if a person is going to read only one book from the apocrypha, they should read 1 Maccabees. First Maccabees covers some important events in Jewish history from […]

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What Are the Additions to Daniel?

Some of my favourite parts of the apocrypha are the Additions of Daniel. As the name suggests, they do not originally belong to Daniel. Still, they are fun to read and worth looking at. The […]

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What is the Letter of Jeremiah?

Apologetics and Theology

Jeremiah is one of the major prophets of the Old Testament and is very important in the history of the Hebrew people. It is understandable that later readers would be drawn to him. One way […]

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What is Baruch?

Apocrypha

In the book of Jeremiah, we find that Jeremiah was assisted by a man named Baruch. This historical figure was eventually used as a mouthpiece for later Jewish writers in a book called Baruch and later […]

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What is Sirach?

One of the longest books in the apocrypha is Sirach. Actually the full name is Ecclesiasticus (not to be confused with Ecclesiastes) or the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach. As the title suggests, it […]

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What is the Wisdom of Solomon?

Apologetics and Theology

Aside from being one of the superpowers of Captain Marvel (Shazam), the Wisdom of Solomon is one of the books of the apocrypha. It is a part of the genre of wisdom literature and is […]

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What are the Additions to Esther?

Apocrypha

Question: What is the only book of the Bible that never mentions God? Answer: The Book of Esther. It could be argued (and I do) that God is implicit throughout the book even if he […]

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What is the Book of Judith?

Apocrypha

I have mentioned previously that one of my favourite books of the Apocrypha is Tobit. The same cannot be said about the next book, which is Judith. I understand that Judith has been influential in […]

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What is the Book of Tobit?

Apocrypha

You may or may not have heard of Tobit. Tobit is one of my favourite books in the Apocrypha and I would like to share with you why. Although the book is named after Tobit, […]

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Should Christians Read the Apocrypha?

Apologetics and Theology

I have had evangelicals ask about the Apocrypha, seemingly concerned about their nature. Should Christians read the Apocrypha? My short answer is yes, but more information is needed. I have heard people describe the Apocrypha […]

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Lost Christianities

I have just finished reading Bart Ehrman’s Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and Faiths We Never Knew. First of all, it must be said that Ehrman is a talented writer. He is able to […]

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