What’s Featured in Apocrypha for Beginners?

As the marketing description promises, Apocrypha for Beginners features “More than 50 apocrypha―Delve into a variety of apocrypha from different eras and cultures, like the Book of Enoch, the Gospel of Judas, and more.” In the introduction, I say that the book includes “some of the most important for the histories of Judaism and Christianity, as well as some of my personal favorites.”

Want to know if your favorite apocrypha is discussed? Here’s a full list!

The Second Canon

  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • Baruch
  • Wisdom of Ben Sira
  • 1-2 Maccabees
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Additions to Daniel
  • Additions to Esther
  • Psalm 151
  • Prayer of Manasseh

Apocrypha of the Hebrew Bible

  • Life of Adam & Eve
  • Jubilees
  • Joseph & Aseneth
  • 3-4 Maccabees
  • Alphabet of Ben Sira
  • Book of Jasher
  • Josippon
  • 1-3 Meqabyan
  • 4 Baruch

The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Community Rule
  • Great Psalms Scroll
  • War Scroll
  • Genesis Apocryphon
  • Book of Noah

Other Gospels

  • Infancy Gospel of James
  • Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
  • Infancy Gospel of Thomas
  • Fragments of Jesus’s teachings
  • Gospel of Thomas
  • Gospel of Nicodemus

Gnostic Texts

  • Gospel of Truth
  • Secret Book of John
  • Gospel of Philip
  • Gospel of Mary
  • Gospel of Judas
  • Prayer of the Apostle Paul
  • Apocalypse of Adam
  • Thunder: Perfect Mind

Apostolic Texts

  • Acts of Paul & Thecla
  • Acts of Thomas
  • Didache
  • Letter of the Apostles
  • Letter of Barnabas
  • Letter of Pseudo-Titus
  • Letter to the Laodiceans
  • Letters between Paul & Seneca

Revelations & Apocalypses

  • 1 Enoch
  • 2 Esdras
  • Apocalypse of Peter
  • Apocalypse of Paul
  • Apocalypse of Thomas
  • Shepherd of Hermas
  • Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius
  • Fifteen Signs before Judgment Day

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