APOCRYPHA OF THE KING JAMES VERSION [Also called the Deuterocanon]
The apocrypha is a selection of books which were published in the original 1611 King James Bible. These apocryphal books were positioned between the Old and New Testament (it also contained maps and genealogies). The apocrypha was a part of the KJV for 274 years until being removed in 1885 A.D. A portion of these books were called deuterocanonical books by some entities, such as the Catholic church.
Keep in mind when reading the following apocryphal books, that they are not regarded as equal to the holy Scriptures, and yet are profitable and good to read”.
[From kingjamesbibleonline .org]
|1 ESDRAS||LETTER OF JEREMIAH|
|2 ESDRAS||PRAYER OF AZARIAH|
|JUDITH||BEL & THE DRAGON|
|ESTHER||PRAYER OF MANASSAH|
|THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON||1 MACCABEES|
|SIRACH – ECCLESIASTICUS||2 MACCABEES|
BOOK OF ENOCH (HANOK)
We should read the Book of Enoch [Hanok] and the other apocryphal writings having in mind that some of what they say is true and correct, but at the same time, much of it is historically inaccurate. These books are interesting but fallible historical documents and not the inspired, authoritative Word of יהוה.
BOOK OF JASHER
The Book of Jasher provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of Enoch, who was a righteous ruler over men, continually instructing them in truth and uprightness, and a knowledge of the Most High God. It also tells us that in the days of “Peleg,” not only were the nations at Babel divided and scattered, but the earth itself was also divided. From this book we also learn that Noah and Abraham were contemporaries.
BOOK OF JUBILEES
The Book of Jubilees is in certain limited aspects the most important book in this volume for the student of religion. Without it we could of course have inferred from Ezra and Nehemiah, the Priests’ Code, and the later chapters of Zechariah the supreme position that the law had achieved in Judaism, but without Jubilees, we could hardly have imagined such an absolute supremacy as finds expression in this book.
[From “The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament” R.H. Charles Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913]
COMPLETE WORKS OF JOSEPHUS
Josephus was an eyewitness to history, and his writings are considered authoritative. These texts are key to understanding a pivotal point in world history, which has tragic repercussions even to this day.