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5 Stars Out Of 5
A MUST HAVE for the serious Bible Student
November 6, 2013
Let me begin by stating that I am not a LUTHERAN. I have always had an affinity for the Apocrypha. I read it in the KJV and in the NRSV. I always hated that though there were MILLIONS of study bibles, (most in a good price range) do not contain the apocrypha. I had the one Cambridge study Apocrypha and I loved it. When I got this one, I WAS BLOWN AWAY by the wealth of information. It is written extremely well and if you have a love for history, you will get your fill. With all of the notes, maps, commentary, historical information, etc. you will easily be able to bridge that gap between Malachi and Matthew like never before.
The other thing that I like is that even though it is a Lutheran edition, the information pointing to the Lutheran tradition is not so overwhelming that non-Lutherans would feel out of place reading it.
This is a MUST HAVE whether you believe the Apocrypha is canonical or not.
The Apocrypha the Lutheran edition with notes is awesome. It dose as it clams and really ties the Old and New Testaments together. The forward and notes at the front of the book are worth having for study and general knowledge by itself. It shines new light of the cultural lives of the time in the New Testament. It answers the questions of how Jerusalem and the surrounding area came under roman control. The Preface also tells how these books are not considered scripture but considered good reading by the Christian Church Fathers and explains how, when, and why they were removed from the protestant bible we know today.
The researchers who put this book together took great care in pointing out what makes each book non scriptural but also points out where the teachings relate. The foot notes and cross-references to the bible are immense and aid greatly to learning and understanding the writings. The Preface to each book is very complete, thorough, and interesting.
If you're into Christian history, this book will help satisfy that hunger. Besides the history the stories contained in the Apocrypha and their lessons learned are good for applying to a Godly life. Just as any writing not of the word it all must be tested agents the True Word of God in the Holy Scriptures