Did you know in addition to the Old Testament Era Apocrypha Books, there are also New Testament Apocrypha Books?
As the world’s largest dealers of antique Bibles, dealing exclusively in Bibles more than 170 years old; we often point out that nearly all Bibles printed before 1881 do contain the Old Testament Apocrypha, which written around 400 B.C. was Jewish just like the Old Testament, (not Roman Catholic, as many believe in error). The Old Testament Apocrypha appears between the Old & New Testaments and contains Books such as 1 & 2 Esdras, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Tobit, Judith, Baruch, etc.
The New Testament Apocrypha is a set of non-canonical Gospels and Epistles written in the First Century A.D. Though not part of the Bible, these books were revered and widely used by Christians throughout the first few centuries of the Christian Church.
It was not until the end of the Fifth Century A.D. that the currently-accepted 27 New Testament Books were agreed upon as canonical inspired scripture. But what about these other two dozen Books, all dating to the First Century A.D., which were so widely accepted as scripture by Christians for centuries?
You may be surprised to find that these First Century Gospel accounts and Apostolic Epistles are NOT filled with ancient heresies of Gnosticism or Docetism or anything that contradicts scripture, as you may have heard.
They were left out of the New Testament primarily just because their authorship or historical accounts could not be confirmed beyond a doubt. They may not be canonized scripture today, but they certainly were among the accepted scriptures of the Christian Church for centuries, so they are certainly worth reading today.
The New Testament Apocrypha dates back almost 2,000 years… but it was not until about 200 years ago, in 1820, that these books were collected into one volume and published for the first time in English. They include such fascinating Books as:
The Gospel of Mary – The Mother of Christ
The Infancy (Childhood) of Jesus Christ
The Gospel of Nicodemus / The Acts of Pontius Pilate
The Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans
(which Paul specifically instructs us to read in Colossians 4: 16!)
The Epistle of Barnabas,
The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
The Epistles of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Romans, & Philadelphians
The Books of Hermas, and more.
For centuries, many Christians held that these writings complemented and reinforced canonical scripture rather than contradicting it. Many early Church Fathers even accepted these books as being inspired scripture! This is a must-have reference piece for the Christian home library.
Our facsimile reproduction of the 1820 First English Edition of the Complete First Century New Testament Apocrypha is 9.25 inches tall, 6.25 inches wide, and over 1 inch thick. It is printed on heavyweight archival acid-free, cream-colored paper. It is only available in a stunning Deluxe binding, with exquisitely hand-marbled end-papers…
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