Several gospels and biographies of apostles are included in the New Testament apocrypha, which are works comparable to those in the New Testament but nearly generally condemned by Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants alike. None of the acknowledged writings can now be labeled apocryphal because they are accepted as canonical by all of Christendom. However, some early Christian writers did label certain books 'apocryphal', meaning 'of doubtful origin'. These books were rejected by the early Church but are now included in many Bible versions.
The term 'Apocrypha' comes from a Greek word meaning'secret', 'hidden'. The books that we call 'Apocryphal' were apparently not regarded as important enough for inclusion in the original version of the Bible. Instead, they were given secret or hidden status and contained within man-made collections known as 'deutero-canonical' books. Although today accepted as part of the biblical canon, during Jesus' time these books were rarely, if ever, included in complete copies of the Bible.
Two main groups of deuterocanonical books exist: those attributed to Moses (the Deuteronomistic History and the Book of Joshua) and those attributed to other authors (including Ezra and Nehemiah). There are also several books that include portions of both types of literature - e.g. the Book of Job and the Book of Psalms.
The New Testament apocryphal books, like the New Testament canonical literature, are made up of gospels, acts, letters, and apocalypses. The apocryphal texts, on the other hand, are nearly all pseudepigraphical—that is, written in the name of apostles or followers or concerning specific apostles. Many of these writings have a Gospel story at their center; others are set pieces of prose intended to provide additional teachings from Jesus' or his contemporaries'. Some date from as early as the first century CE, while others were not published until several centuries later.
The term "Apocrypha" comes from the Greek word apologia, which means an argument or proof. Thus the Apocrypha are those books that provide arguments or proofs for the existence of God or for the trustworthiness of the Bible.
The Apocrypha is split into two sections: the OT apocryphal books, which are more well-known since they are part of the Roman Catholic canon, and the NT apocryphal books. There are also some books that used to be considered canonical but that have been rejected by most Christians today.
Why do some people reject these books? The main reason is that many of them were written a long time after the New Testament books we know today. They include works by authors such as Philo, Pliny the Younger, and Josephus, who have been called "the fathers of fiction." These books contain stories with amazing things happening that could not have been known about Jesus' life. So they're interesting to read, but they aren't really necessary for salvation.
There are also books in the Apocrypha that some people feel disturb the natural order of things in God's world. For example, some people think that Ecclesiasticus (a book written in the first century B.C.) was written before Isaiah (also first century B.C.). Since both books share the same author, this doesn't seem possible. Other people object to books like Judith because they feel that including these stories about brave women who defeat evil kings is wrong. These books may have created problems in early Christianity because some people wanted to include them when choosing what books to use at church services.
When it comes to these ancient texts, the term apocrypha originally signified a work that was too precious and secret to be in the hands of everyone. As a result, Protestant bibles do not contain the books inside the Old Testament, but rather put them in a distinct section known as the Apocrypha. These eight books are: 1 & 2 Esdras, Baruch, Bel and Bertram, The Prayer of Manasseh, Psalms 151-60; and James.
These books were never part of the original Hebrew or Greek Bibles and were usually excluded from biblical studies classes until the 20th century. They now form a part of the Christian canon because they include some material that is acceptable to Christians but not necessary for salvation. In other words, they are holy books but not canonical books.
There are two reasons why Protestants do not read the Apocrypha: first, because they were written by people who did not know Jesus Christ; and second, because they contain words that cannot be found in the Bible. This prayer is similar to one found in the New Testament (James 5:16) and it shows that the writers of 1 Esdras had knowledge of the Gospel stories. Therefore, they must have included these prayers because they believed them to be true revelations from God.
Apocrypha (Greek: Biblical apocrypha) are texts found in the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate but not in the Hebrew Bible. While some of these passages are considered deuterocanonical by Catholic tradition, Protestants consider them apocryphal. The New King James Version labels these books "false prophets written to confuse people" and they are not included in any Christian church today.
The term "apocryphal" comes from a Greek word meaning secret or hidden. In early Christianity, anything that was not found in the Hebrew Bible was assumed to be apocryphal until it was accepted as part of the New Testament canon. Today, most Christians accept all 27 books of the Old Testament as well as the four Gospels as being canonical. However, many religious leaders have questioned whether 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon should be included within the canon due to their apparent lack of authenticity.
In addition to the books that make up the current Protestant canon, several other books were once considered sacred scripture but are no longer regarded this way. These include Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles, Joshua, Ruth, I & II Samuel, and I & II Kings. Many Jews reject these books as authentic products of the Prophets and/or Torah writers and many Christians also do not regard them as canonical. However, both the Septuagint and the New Testament quote from or refer to them.