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.
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Date:July 16, 2010
Coming from a conservative evangelical background, I didnt think it was wise to touch the Apocrypha with a ten-foot-pole. After I read Introducing the Apocrypha, I realized how wrong I was. In his book, deSilva shows that, while the books that make up the Apocrypha dont have the authority Scripture has, they provide a vast wealth of information about the period of time between the Old and New Testaments. Covering 16 apocryphal books, deSilva provides an overview of each one and delves into issues of authorship, date, setting, themes, historical background, etc. I had never read any of the apocryphal books before and was surprised to find that many of the texts are exciting and thought-provoking, and some even have fantastic imagery. They provide a great window into the world of the Jewsthe culture and history that Jesus knew and grew up in. The apocrypha and other intertestamental documents really help fill in the gap between the last Old Testament book and the earliest New Testament writings. DeSilvas book is a great resource for understanding the Apocrypha, both for those familiar with these ancient texts and those who arent.