David deSilva introduces the Old Testament apocryphal books and suggests that whether one views these books as Scripture they should be read and studied for their inherent value. In this in-depth guide, he provides the necessary background details of the Apocrypha before surveying the content and message of each book and its religious and historic context. deSilva then offers commentary on individual books from Tobit to 4 Maccabees. This book is a great addition to your academic library.
In this accessible book, David deSilva introduces the Old Testament Apocryphal books and summarizes their context, message, and significance. Now in paperback.
"DeSilva does a fine job of placing the Apocrypha within the historical context of the Jewish world in which early Christianity was forged."--Publishers Weekly
David A. deSilva (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. His works include An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation; Perseverence in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews"; and Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture.