A Year in the Life of Apocrypha for Beginners

One year ago today my book Apocrypha for Beginners: A Guide to Understanding and Exploring Scriptures Beyond the Bible was officially released. Over the past year, I have been so happy to see the book out in the world so that more people can learn about biblical apocrypha.

In the last year, more than 3,000 copies of Apocrypha for Beginners have sold. The book has received 257 total ratings on Amazon, 34 with reviews, for a 4.4-star overall rating, and it’s consistently remained in the top 100 books (sometimes top 50, and top 20 soon after its release!) in the “Christian Bible Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha” category on Amazon. It’s also received 30 ratings, 8 with reviews, for a 3.87-star overall rating on Goodreads.

I’ve been thankful to have readers like family and friends, and their friends, colleagues in academia, students taking relevant courses, at least one church that did a study group with it, and many, many strangers. I was especially grateful for James McGrath’s in depth and thoughtful review of the book on the Religion Prof blog at Patheos. It’s been a joy to see the book reach so many people. Even more, I’m ecstatic to know how many have enjoyed the content of the book and how it has opened them up to more learning about apocrypha.

So what have I been up to since the book was released? Well, I’ve continued to enjoy working on apocrypha and introducing people to it in other ways.

So it’s been a great year of continuing to study and share about what I love!

I won’t lie: Apocrypha for Beginners is not the true word of God…

but I do think that it has a lot to offer for people interested in the histories of Jewish and Christian apocrypha.

In short: thank you to everyone who has read, rated, reviewed, assigned, taught with, or told others about Apocrypha for Beginners !


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