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Deuterocanon/Apocrypha Commentaries: Welcome
The Deuterocanon (as it is known in the Catholic tradition), or the Apocrypha (as it is known in the Protestant tradition), are the books that are found in the LXX or the Latin Vulgate but are not found in the Hebrew texts that form the Jewish canon or the Protestant Old Testament. At one point in time these books were considered canon by various Christian communities but as time passed they fell out of favor.
Because of the nature of the Deuterocanon/Apocrypha often times there are very few monographs written on the topic; and even fewer of them have been digitized. When this is the case, links will be provided to sections of introductory bible commentaries. These will give brief overviews of the topic and hopefully provide students with further resources.
This guide will provide the students with digital access to the various commentaries that have been written about these books. They will vary in academic "rigor" ranging from purely academic to more pastoral in nature. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE NOT ALL OF THE COMMENTARIES ON THESE BOOKS BUT JUST A SELECTION. To find more information on these books please use the search bar above to discover what is in the DTL catalog.
Canonicity, Setting, Wisdom in the Deuterocanonicals by
"The volume publishes papers read at the tenth International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, Budapest, 2013. The authors explore various aspects of this literature, with pre-eminent emphasis on their relation to diverse early Jewish texts and traditions; their reactions on Hellenism; and the way they treated as a canonical collection within their history of interpretation." - De Gruyter
Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance by
"This comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament apocryphal books summarizes their context, message, and significance. The first edition has been very well reviewed and widely adopted. It is the most substantial introduction to the Apocrypha available and has become a standard authority on the topic. The second edition has been substantially revised and updated throughout to reflect the latest scholarship. The book includes a foreword by James H. Charlesworth." - Baker Academic
The Apocrypha by
"The Oxford Bible Commentary is a Bible study and reference work for 21st century students and readers that can be read with any modern translation of the Bible. It offers verse-by-verse explanation of every book of the Bible by the world's leading biblical scholars. From its inception, OBC has been designed as a completely non-denominational commentary, carefully written and edited to provide the best scholarship in a readable style for readers from all different faith backgrounds. It uses the traditional historical-critical method to search for the original meaning of the texts, but also brings in new perspectives and insights - literary, sociological, and cultural - to bring out the expanding meanings of these ancient writings and stimulate new discussion and further enquiry." - Oxford University Press
The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha by
"For decades students, professors, clergy, and general readers have relied on The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha as an unparalleled authority on the Apocrypha. This fifth edition remains the best way to study and understand the material at home or in the classroom. This thoroughly revised and substantially updated edition contains the best scholarship informed by recent discoveries and anchored in the solid Study Bible tradition.· Introductions and extensive annotations for each book by acknowledged experts in the field provide context and guidance.· Introductory essay on the Apocrypha gives readers an overview that guides more intensive study.· Maps and diagrams within the text contextualize where events took place and how to understand them.· A timeline, calendar, and essay on the Persian and Hellenistic Periods help to contextualize the books.A volume that users will want to keep for continued reference, The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha continues the Oxford University Press tradition of providing excellence in scholarship for the general reader. Generations of users attest to its status as the best one-volume Bible reference tool for any home, library, or classroom." - Oxford
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