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Apocrypha - Introduction
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Part of Apocrypha:

1. Introduction

2. Old Testament Apocrypha

3. New Testament Apocrypha

4. The Significance of the Apocrypha

The “apocrypha” were understood by the ancient Church as secret “hidden” (= απόϰρυφος) books, in contrast to those which were publicly acknowledged and used by the Church (cf. Origen, in Mt, X, 18, on Mt 13:57, GCS, XL, p. 24). Their claim to stem from prophets or apostles being implausible, they were, with a few exceptions, excluded from public worship and theological debate (cf. Origen, Comment, ser. 28 in Mt, 23:37, GCS, XXXVIII, p. 51). The absence of trad…

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Johannes Michl, “Apocrypha - Introduction”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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