I have always wondered about the Apocryphal books. Cambridge University Press is the most trusted publisher of the Authorized Version, or King James Version, so I figured that they were the best for the Apocrypha. The print is small but bold and clear. The paper is bright white.
The content is all new to me. I am reading slowly and carefully just to get a good sense of what it is all about. It is not full of difficult vocabulary for me. I really wish there were cross references to all the rest of Scripture. I would like a King James Bible with the Apocrypha included in leather, however until that time arrives this copy from Cambridge is a nice sturdy edition.
I can hardly wait until I reach the Maccabees to fill in the gap between the Testaments. After all the celebration of Lights comes from the Maccabees triumph over the oppression of the Jewish people and the rededication of the Temple. Historically speaking the Apocrypha is valuable and fascinating.
I am thankful for Christian Book Distributors and their pricing. Without a local Christian bookstore I would be lost without CBD.
From probably the only pro-Apocrypha "independent" Baptist
September 10, 2015
"Let us see if his words be true: and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. For if the just man be the son of God, he will help him, and deliver him from the hand of his enemies." -Wisdom of Solomon 2:17, 18
"Wisdom of Solomon" has the most astounding pre-New Testament prophecy about Jesus Christ's earthly life in chapter 2; which makes sense why the post-A.D. Rabbis rejected this Scripture. This Holy work puts theories of the Dead Sea Scrolls/1 Enoch to shame. It is no wonder it's used in the Anglican (originating KJV church,) "Book of Common Prayer" in 1662. Not to mention the pre/post/ante-Nicene "Church Fathers" using it alongside alongside our currently "accepted" Scripture. Columbus supposedly was inspired by a prophecy from II Esdras to find new land. Even Bunyan loved the Apocryphal works... and look at the fruit of his work!
Positive: Usual Cambridge high quality. Thicker weight paper than most traditional Bible paper. Text appears bold, is clear, and about 7.5 - 8 pt. in size.
Front page: "Appointed to be read in Churches"... a sad thing to read and contemplate regarding a KJV oriented church.Historically used in Anglican (the KJV's originators) Church Service within the "Book of Common Prayer" originating from 1662.
Negative: "Scrubbed" in a redactional (Orwellian) way of the original KJV translator margin notes, cross-references, and italicized words within the text. (Like nearly ALL KJV Bibles are today; in absolute spite or ignorance of the KJV translator's advice in the "Translators to the Readers"... that preface, not surprisingly, is always missing also.)
Book info: There is the massive wisdom of "Ecclesiasticus", the essential history of I & II "Maccabees", portions removed from "Esther" where God is actually mentioned (unlike the Rabbinically "approved" canonical "Esther"), further insight into Daniel's wisdom and period, the angelic reveal of Raphael from "Tobit", and much more. (Raphael, meaning "God heals", I believe is the angel from John 5:4... John 5:4, which again, like the Apocrypha, is ripped out of modern Scripture or made to seem like scribal error in many translations.)
Just on "Wisdom of Solomon" alone: It was written in the Solomon "wisdom tradition" (common in the Middle East) like "Proverbs" & "Ecclesiastes", perhaps including Solomon's Holy Spirit inspired ideas; or others attached "Solomon" to the title as Church Fathers called it "Book of Wisdom". In "Proverbs", Solomon's wisdom is written 200 years later by King Hezekiah's men (Proverbs 25) with additional "words of the wise" (chs. 22, 24), sayings by "Agur" (ch. 30) and a "King Lemuel" (ch. 31). It's not all by Solomon and yet "we" say it is his Book.
These works of "Apocryphal" Scripture are abandoned due to some allegiance to post-A.D. (Christian persecuting) Rabbinic thought, the excuse of "Catholics use them" (despite Catholics using the entire canon also... oops), and because people never knew the contents of the ORIGINAL 1611 King James Holy Bible. Whether put in an "Appendix" or not, they are included with Scripture, as Scripture. Curious bit of history also: the KJV translator Apocryphal cross-references have been butchered and scrubbed out of all KJV Bible margins that do not include the Apocrypha. And all but under five KJV Bibles currently carry the Apocrypha now.
I understand the issue of apocryphal literature. Wish there was a good study bible containing these books along with some jewish apocryphal literature such as the book of enoch and even some early church fathers like Iranaeus and the shepherd of hermes.