AN INTRODUCTION TO THE APOCRYPHA by Bruce M. Metzger
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE APOCRYPHA

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An Introduction to the Apocrypha is really more than an introduction. It is so much more comprehensive that it might well be regarded as a commentary. It is well related to the text. Throughout the articles on each of the apocryphal books there are textual references. Chapter and verse numbers are given in brackets following the relation of the subject matter or the exegesis of it. Very few verses of the text are omitted from this plan of reference. This study is both interestingly readable and scholarly. The presentation of historical data and evidence of authorship is not labored but fits naturally into the general analysis of the books examined. As a result this ""introduction"" is both a reference work and a most illuminating story of the apocryphal books. Some very striking examples of the influence of the apocryphal books on English Literature, on music, and on art round out a very complete treatment of a much neglected subject. The author, Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and a member of the committee that prepared the Revised Standard translation of the Apocrypha, has made available the results of much research by that committee. This is probably the best presentation of the Apocrypha in popular style yet produced. Its uses and value to biblical students will prove to be immeasurable. It should be in every clergyman's library.

ISBN: 0195023404
Publisher: Oxford