Thought For The Day 07/26/12


The Apocrypha


The Apocrypha, Lutheran Edition


God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and
clouds and stars.

Author unknown


How many of you reading this have ever heard of the Apocrypha? Well, the word Apocrypha literally means things that are hidden. They often refer to what is sometimes spoken of as the “hidden books of the Bible“. Some of these books are considered to be “Canonical”, or texts that were, at one time, a part of the Bible but which were, for reasons that seemed appropriate at the time, omitted from officially sanctioned versions that were disseminated. Others are referred to as “Deuterocanonical” which means that they were books of a biblical nature and were interspersed within the existing texts of the Catholic version of the Bible but generally omitted from inclusion in the Protestant versions of the Bible.


When the Bible was being translated into Latin, some texts were omitted because while the information they contained could be found in the Greek testaments of the day, there was no supporting version to be found within Hebrew texts. And while most did receive approval for inclusion, it was during the Protestant reformation that they were rejected again since it was believed they were lacking divine authority! Despite the ruling of the Council of Trent which did declare them to be divine, only the books, Tobias, Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Baruch, and Maccabees, remain in the Catholic Bible. First Esdras, Second Esdras, Epistle of Jeremiah, Susanna, Bel (and the Dragon), Prayer of Manasseh, Prayer of Azariah, and Laodiceans have not been included. Nearly all the Apocrypha  are Old Testament scripture except for Laodiceans, which was considered to be part of the Epistles of Paul!


Suffice it to say that the debate over whether the Books of the Apocrypha should be considered as God’s inspired word is as heated today as it was during the Reformation. However, as an aide in understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity, and filling in certain theological and historical facts that remain in question as the result of the huge gap of somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 years between the ending of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament,  a basic understanding of the Apocrypha might just be worth exploring. Just let your fingers do some walking on the keyboard of your computer and enter Apocrypha into your search engine for more information into these lost testimonies from established as well as some lesser known Biblical figures!

The Book of Bel (and the Dragon)
23 And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped. 24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him. 25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God. 26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave. 27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon’s mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder: and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship.  
Bel 1: 23-27
King James Version with Apocrypha

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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