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A·poc·ry·pha

 (ə-pŏk′rə-fə)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. The biblical books included in the Septuagint and accepted in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox canon but considered noncanonical by Protestants because they are not part of the Hebrew Scriptures. See Table at Bible.
2. Various early Christian writings proposed as additions to the New Testament but rejected by the major canons.
3. apocrypha Writings or statements of questionable authorship or authenticity.

[Middle English apocripha, not authentic, from Late Latin Apocrypha, the Apocrypha, from Greek Apokrupha, neuter pl. of apokruphos, secret, hidden, from apokruptein, to hide away : apo-, apo- + kruptein, kruph-, to hide.]

Apocrypha

(əˈpɒkrɪfə)
n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Bible) the 14 books included as an appendix to the Old Testament in the Septuagint and the Vulgate but not included in the Hebrew canon. They are not printed in Protestant versions of the Bible
2. (Bible) RC Church another name for the Pseudepigrapha
[C14: via Late Latin apocrypha (scripta) hidden (writings), from Greek, from apokruptein to hide away]

a•poc•ry•pha

(əˈpɒk rə fə)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
1. (cap.) a group of books not found in Jewish or Protestant versions of the Old Testament but included in the Septuagint and in Roman Catholic editions of the Bible.
2. various religious writings of uncertain origin.
3. writings or statements of doubtful authenticity.
Compare canon 1 (defs. 5, 6, 8).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek, neuter pl. of apókryphos hidden, unknown, spurious]

apocrypha

1. religious writings of disputed origin, regarded by many author-ities as uncanonical.
2. (capitalized) a group of 15 books, not part of the canonical Hebrew Bible, but present in the Septuagint and Vulgate and hence accepted by some as biblical. — apocryphal, adj.
See also: Bible
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the BibleApocrypha - 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
religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing - writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Additions to Esther - an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Esther
Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Children - an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Book of Susanna, Susanna - an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Bel and the Dragon - an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Book of Baruch, Baruch - an Apocryphal book ascribed to Baruch
Epistle of Jeremiah, Letter of Jeremiah - an Apocryphal book consisting of a letter ascribed to Jeremiah to the Jews in exile in Babylon warning them against idolatry
Book of Tobit, Tobit - an Apocryphal book that was a popular novel for several centuries
Book of Judith, Judith - an Apocryphal book telling how Judith saved her people
1 Esdras, I Esdra - an Apocryphal book consisting of a compilation from I Chronicles and II Chronicles and Ezra and Nehemiah
2 Esdras, II Esdras - an Apocryphal book of angelic revelations
Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus, Sirach, Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach - an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom - an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
1 Maccabees, I Maccabees - an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
2 Maccabees, II Maccabees - an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
Judith - Jewish heroine in one of the books of the Apocrypha; she saved her people by decapitating the Assyrian general Holofernes
Holofernes - (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith
Translations
apokrif

Apocrypha

[əˈpɒkrɪfə] NPLlibros mpl apócrifos de la Biblia, Apócrifos mpl

Apocrypha

n the Apocryphadie Apokryphen pl

Apocrypha

[əˈpɒkrɪfə] npl (Rel) the Apocryphai libri apocrifi
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Phenix investigates the tradition that Cain and Abel each had twin sisters whom they disputed over regarding which one to marry, and argues that the "Arabic Apocryphal Gospel of John," and its Syriac Vorlage, was the vehicle for transforming the interpretation of Cain and Abel's sacrifice away from a ritualistic/Eucharistic model into a marital/legalistic model for the purpose of evaluating interreligious marriages.
In that first year Grenfell uncovered an unknown poem by the poetess Sappho - gold standard if ever there was one - plus a collection of "Sayings of Jesus", which turned out to be part of the apocryphal Gospel of St Thomas, excluded from the New Testament.
Madonna Laboris (1931) depicts an apocryphal gospel story that captured the imagination of an artist who sought to represent a universal spiritual Mother of the World, a synthesis of female divine images from both East and West (Fig.
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Stem, "Quotations from Apocryphal Gospels in 'Abd al-Jabbar," Journal of Theological Studies NS 18 (April, 1967): 42-44, who argues that 'Abd al-Jabbar quotes a Gospel text showing that Jesus was not really crucified, which al-Jabbar believes to be from one of the canonical Gospels, but which Stern thinks came from an apocryphal Gospel.
Elizabeth Fiorenza, a lay catholic scripture scholar, in her study of the Gnostic writings Pistis Sophia and the apocryphal Gospel of Mary, shows the development of this motif.
James (also known as the Apocryphal Gospel of James), dating from around the year 150, the Nativity of Mary and the Gospel of Pseuda-Matthew.
As early as the second century, the recently exhumed apocryphal Gospel of Judas recast the story of the famous betrayal in a kinder light.
When one compares the Qu'ran's description of the birth of Mary with the apocryphal Gospel of the birth of Mary, one is tempted to believe that Mohammed very much depended upon the latter.
The audio-book edition of The Gospel Of Thomas: New Perspectives On Jesus' Message as written and read by Elaine Pagels (Professor of Religion, Princeton University, New Jersey) offers an informed and informative perspective with respect to the attributes and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented through the interpretive ideals of Apostle Thomas as revealed in his apocryphal gospel.