Ongoing, in-person Bible Study led by Reverend Valerie resumes January 11 with a new study on the books of the Apocrypha. Looking ahead, in March, for the season of Lent, the Bible study will begin a focus on the readings of the Easter Vigil service. All are welcome, with no prior knowledge required.
Apocrypha is from the Greek word for “hidden.” It normally refers to fifteen books not found in the Hebrew canon of the Hebrew Scriptures and includes the following: Tobit, Judith, additions to the Book of Esther, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (the Wisdom of Jesus son of Sirach), Baruch, the Letter of Jeremiah, the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Children, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, 1 Esdras, the Prayer of Manasseh, and 2 Esdras. All of these books, with the exception of 2 Esdras, are found in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures. However, most of them were almost certainly originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic by pious Jews in the period between c. 250 B.C. and 100 A.D.