1.2.3 The later writings of the Old Testament

The later writings of the Old Testament contained in many editions of the Bible are also known as "Apocrypha" ("hidden Scriptures"). These are Judaic writings that came into being between the third and first centuries BC. In terms of content, they constitute an important binding agent between the Old and New Testaments. Important convictions of faith of the New Testament are foreshadowed in these writings. In the New Apostolic Church these later writings of the Old Testament are just as binding for faith and doctrine as all other writings of the Old Testament canon.

Those English-language editions of the Bible that contain the Apocrypha generally place these books between the Old and New Testaments.

The fifteen Apocryphal books are:

The two books of Esdras

Tobit

Judith

The rest of Esther

The Wisdom of Solomon

Ecclesiasticus

Baruch

The Song of the Three Holy Children

The History of Susanna

Bel and the Dragon

The Prayer of Manasses

The three books of the Maccabees [2]

[2] Some English-language publications of the Bible include three books of the Maccabees, however, the third book is widely considered non-canonical.

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