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Apocrypha - The Significance of the Apocrypha
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Part of Apocrypha:

1. Introduction

2. Old Testament Apocrypha

3. New Testament Apocrypha

4. The Significance of the Apocrypha

The writings discussed above amply demonstrate the wide field covered by the designation “apocrypha”. They differ notably in origin, mentality and purpose, though they are at one in being rather alien to the modern mind. Their world has vanished and much of what they say appears entirely antiquated. But it would be wrong to dismiss them as curiosities of human naivety and to leave their stu…

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Johannes Michl, “Apocrypha - The Significance of the Apocrypha”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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