The books of the Apocrypha are books of ancient Jewish literature believed to be written between 300 B.C. and 100 A.D. They have been found to have historical inaccuracies and theological contradictions that disqualify them from being Scripture. None of them were written by a genuine prophet and were not included as Scripture by the Jews of Jesus’ time. Jesus never quoted from any of them.

When the Jewish bible was translated into Greek (the Septuagint version) the Apocrypha was included in the translation, but it was clearly understood which books were Scripture and which were not. Later, some Christians began to wander away from the true Bible’s teaching and set up ways of doing things, which were not what God had said He wanted. At the same time the books of the Apocrypha came to be seen as being true Scripture, even though they were not. The Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Churches, who are ruled by Popes and patriarchies officially, recognized the Apocrypha as Scripture. Roman Catholic Bibles contain 15 books of the Apocrypha. Greek Orthodox Bibles contain 10 books of Apocrypha. However, even Greek Orthodox scholars now see them as being “less inspired.”

When the Protestant churches separated from the Roman Catholic Church in 16th and 17th centuries, the Anglican Church chose to keep the Apocryphal books in the Bible, but defined clearly that they were not fully Scripture. Most Protestant churches have removed them altogether, returning to the original Jewish way.

Other Facts…

1. None of the writers write with a message from Jehovah and are without true prophetic element.

2. It contains many historical, geographical and chronological errors.

3. It teaches doctrines contrary to the canonical Scriptures such as lying, suicide and assassination are justified.  Salvation by works, magic, prayers for the dead, etc, are taught and approved.

4. The miracles and the description of the deeds and supernatural beings are silly and unbelievable.

5. They were not considered canonical and authoritative for doctrine until the Roman Catholic Council of Trent in 1546 A.D.

6. When reading the Old Testament and the Apocryphal one can see a vast difference in the spiritual and moral content.