(+) An Introduction to the Apocrypha (1957 Metzger), book

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An Introduction to the Apocrypha (1957) is a book by Bruce M. Metzger.


Written in non-technical language to appeal to a broader audience, Metzger’s Introduction to the Apocrypha provides both a concise yet comprehensive introduction to each book in the Apocrypha, and a broader apologetic for why Christians ought to acquaint themselves with this literature. he later chapters, in particular, highlight the Apocrypha’s influence upon the New Testament and Early Church Fathers, as well as its lasting influence in Western culture. Scholarly yet popular, Metzger’s work served to advance the field of Second Temple Period by making it more understandable and palpable to a broader audience. -- Deborah Forger, University of Michigan


Published in New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1957.


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Meaning and Use of the Term ‘Apocrypha’
  • The Growth of the Hebrew Canon
    • I. The First Book of Esdras
    • II. The Second Book of Esdras
    • III. Tobit
    • IV. Judith
    • V. The Additions to the Book of Esther
    • VI. The Wisdom of Solomon
    • VII. Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
    • VIII. Baruch
    • IX. The Letter of Jeremiah
    • X. The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men
    • XI. Susanna
    • XII. Bel and the Dragon
    • XIII. The Prayer of Manasseh
    • XIV. The First Book of the Maccabees
    • XV. The Second Book of the Maccabees
    • XVI. The Apocrypha and the New Testament
  • Literary Form and Doctrinal Development
  • New Testament Parallels and Allusions to the Apocrypha
  • The Significance of Parallels and Allusions
    • XVII. A Brief History of the Apocrypha in the Christian Church
  • The Apocrypha in the Early Church, down to the Reformation
  • The Apocrypha and the Protestant Reformation
  • Controversies over the Use of the Apocrypha
    • XVIII. The Pervasive Influence of the Apocrypha
  • English Literature
  • Music
  • Art
  • Miscellaneous
  • Appendix I: Current Translations of the Apocrypha
  • Appendix II: New Testament Apocrypha

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