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 … Continue reading A Year in the Life of Apocrypha for Beginners

Response to The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha

Today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting a review response to the recently published book The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha, edited by Gerbern S. Oegema (2021), as part of a Virtual Book Review event through the Enoch Seminar. Below are the comments I shared with thoughts about the volume and some avenues … Continue reading Response to The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha

AFB B-Sides: Letter of Aristeas

Apocrypha for Beginners includes over 50 different apocrypha, but there are, of course, myriad more. This is part of a series of “B-sides”: posts about apocrypha that weren’t included in the book. Letter of Aristeas Facts Also known as: Letter of Pseudo-Aristeas, Letter to Philocrates Author: Unknown, a Hellenistic Jew living in diaspora in Alexandria; attributed … Continue reading AFB B-Sides: Letter of Aristeas

What’s Featured in Apocrypha for Beginners?

https://youtu.be/CNs77xyE2kw 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 … Continue reading What’s Featured in Apocrypha for Beginners?