New and Old Testament

Apocrypha* & Pseudepigrapha**

Also Known As The Noncanonical Literature*** 


The Bible

 

Old Testament Apocrypha

   

These books were read as devotional material by some in the early church but not considered as part of the Old Testament Scriptures. Although some churches today include them in their Bibles, the 1st Century Jews never accepted these books as Scripture

   
 

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

   

These books were never considered as part of the Bible by either the Jews of the early church.

   
 

New Testament Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha

   

These books were not written by the people who they are named after and were never part of the Bible. Most are 2nd & 3rd Century and from the Gnostic Cults


* Apocrypha - (from the Greek word απόκρυφα meaning "those having been hidden away") are texts of uncertain authenticity or writings where the authorship is questioned. These texts may have been used in some churches by were never considered as part of the Bible

** Pseudepigrapha = (from Greek pseudes = "false", "epigraphe" = "inscription") are texts falsely attributed to biblical characters or times. These books were never part of the Bible & were never considered as scripture by the church at any time despite being published under such titles of "The Lost Books of the Bible" or "The Hidden Gospels". The church has always known about them & they were never "Hidden" & could be read at any University or college. There is no deep dark secret here, just publishers trying to make a buck with interesting book titles.

*** Noncanonical Literature =  Never part of the Canon or Bible.