Definition of Apocrypha

1. Noun. 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status.

Definition of Apocrypha

1. n. pl. Something, as a writing, that is of doubtful authorship or authority; -- formerly used also adjectively.

Definition of Apocrypha

1. Noun. (plurale tantum) Certain writings which are received by some Christians as an authentic part of the Holy Scriptures, but are rejected by others. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Something, as a writing, that is of doubtful authorship or authority; -- formerly used also adjectively. - John Locke. ¹

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Definition of Apocrypha

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Literary usage of Apocrypha

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"A. Old Testament apocrypha: Those portions of the Greek and Latin Old Testaments which are not found in the Hebrew Canon,—the term " apocrypha " being used ..."

2. A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities: Comprising the History, Institutions by William Smith, Samuel Cheetham (1880)
"Opuscula (Julii) African!, apocrypha. (Condemned for no better reason, we presume, than that the Chronicon of Eusebius was founded on his Chronica). ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Besides those books known distinctively as the Old Testament apocrypha, a very large number of apocryphal writings were in existence in the early centuries ..."

4. The Historic Origin of the Bible: A Handbook of Principal Facts from the by Edwin Cone Bissell (1889)
"And in this sense the term apocrypha has become usual in the Protestant, ... I The following is a list of the books to which the term apocrypha U commonly ..."

5. Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture in the by Horace Frederick Moule, Thomas Herbert Darlow, British and Foreign Bible Society Library (1903)
"No apocrypha. Notes printed at the foul of the page. «[ 357 x 230 mm. ... apocrypha mentioned in list of books, but not required by signatures. ..."

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