When we tell a funny story with a vague basis in fact, we often say, ‘It’s probably apocryphal!’ By that, we mean to take the yarn with a pinch of salt.
However, that misuses the word as apocryphal really means ‘hidden’. Now, we group the writings that cover the period between the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible and the New Testament into the Apocrypha. These are works that appeared in the Greek and Latin scriptural translations but not in the Hebrew.
As a result, most Protestant Churches in the reformed tradition disregard even disrespect them.
That is unfortunate as it is better to think of these books as worthy of being in a second canon. They have much to tells us. In fact, this Sunday my sermon will refer to both the books of Judith and Susanna. The latter work has strong parallels with Christ’s answer to the accusers in the ‘Woman taken in adultery’ (John 7.53-8.11).
If you don’t believe me, there is an answer.
Read them for yourself!
And to prepare you for this journey of scriptural discovery, the video clip below is very useful.