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Apocrypha: The Deuterocanonical Books of the Old Testament

Baker Books / 2009 / Hardcover

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Despite differing opinions on the degree of authority that should be given to the books of the Apocrypha, most Christians agree that these books are valuable. Because they were written in the intertestamental period, they provide helpful insights into Jewish history, beliefs, and religious practices immediately prior to the birth of Jesus. Reading the Apocrypha provides better understanding of the political, cultural, ethical, and religious context of the contemporaries of Jesus.
Now this important collection of religious texts is available in a remarkably accurate and readable version. Translated directly from the original languages by a team of scholars, the GOD'S WORD translation of the Apocrypha is an exceptional literary work that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English. This edition includes the books that are part of the Roman Catholic canon, the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801072204
ISBN-13: 9780801072208
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Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 9 Point
Thumb Index: No
Ribbon Marker: No
Spine: Glued
Page Gilding: None
Page Edges: White

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Despite the different opinions on the degree of authority that should be given to the books of the Apocrypha, most Christians agree that these books are valuable. Because these books were written in the intertestamental period, they provide helpful insight into Jewish history, beliefs, and religious practices immediately prior to the birth of Jesus. People who read them will be better able to understand the political, cultural, ethical, and religious context of the contemporaries of Jesus.

Translated directly from the original languages by the closest natural equivalent translation philosophy, God's Word Translation (GW) is an exceptional literary work that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

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  1. Ashland, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    An inferior translation to others currently available
    March 14, 2016
    David deSilva
    Ashland, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books are indeed among the most important texts one could and should read to understand the contours of Judaism in the centuries around the turn of the era and, thus, the most fruitful background reading one could and should do for understanding the New Testament writings. I am personally very enthusiastic about promoting awareness of these texts and making them as broadly accessible as possible. While the "God's Word" translation is very accessible in terms of reading level, it has achieved this at the cost of introducing unnecessary distance (a nice way of saying "inaccuracies") between the translation and the original text. I was asked to endorse this particular translation by the publisher and regretfully had to decline after seeing it, urging them to consider a revision of the whole "God's Word" translation.

    Aside from my qualms about the accuracy of this translation (qualms that extend to the New Testament of the "God's Word" translation, and to a much greater degree), I would recommend against it for another important reason: it does not include several important texts that are readily available in other (better) translations of the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonicals -- 3 & 4 Maccabees, 2 Esdras, Prayer of Manasseh, and Psalm 151. You can find these in the New Revised Standard Version, the English Standard Version, or the Common English Bible, any of which I would recommend above this translation. ESV would be, in my opinion, the most accurate (being a recent revision of the RSV/NRSV Apocrypha), the CEB the most readable. The NRSV, however, remains frankly the translation of the Bible I require in class and use most often, when I turn to one, and this text is available in a dizzying array of editions, study Bibles, and the like. I would personally recommend the NRSV Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, 4th edition. For just a few dollars more here on CBD, you'll get a much more reliable (though, granted, aimed at an 11-grade reading level rather than a 6-8-grade reading level) translation of the Apocrypha and up-to-date study notes/annotations to help you along.

    By way of disclosure, I was personally involved in the CEB and ESV translations, but I receive no material benefits from promoting those versions -- just the benefit of directing sisters and brothers to more accurate representations of the original, which is why I undertook to participate in those translations in the first place.
  2. new jersey
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 5, 2011
    BYTHEWAY46
    new jersey
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I was very pleased with the quality of the book,the thickness of the pages,the size of the print is large enough.The monogramming I ordered was nicely done.Although I do not consider this book to have the same reverance or authority as the Holy Bible,I believe it has value for Christians in helping to understand Jewish customs,and traditions,and Jewish history.
  3. Chambersburg, PA
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is great, a solid foundation for studing God
    August 24, 2011
    DAVE
    Chambersburg, PA
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are interested in studying God's word you will need a foundation to build on, and this is it!!
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