REB Apocrypha Text Edition Dark green hardback REBA0
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 208
A unique REB edition of the Apocrypha in a single volume. The Apocrypha ('hidden things') are contemporaneous with the Old Testament, but were not officially accepted as part of the Bible when the Hebrew 'canon' was set. They did, however, form part of the Greek Scriptures and came into English Bibles by that route. They are often referred to, particularly within the Roman Catholic Church, as the 'deuterocanonical books' ('second canon'). The writings of the Apocrypha run the whole gamut of literary genres: histories, romances, devotional works, proverbs and sermons. Many complement parts of the Old Testament and readers will recognise some familiar Biblical characters in the narratives, such as Daniel and Esther. Cambridge is responding to the recent resurgence of interest in the Apocrypha by publishing a separate edition, in the popular Revised English Bible translation.