Should Christians Read the Apocrypha?


What is the apocrypha and how should Christians relate to this body of non-canonical literature? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. David deSilva explains why the apocryphal books were included in many Bibles and offers reasons why Christians should read the Apocrypha regularly. If you’d like to learn more about the significance of the Apocrypha, get deSilva’s book, Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance (affiliate link).

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David A. deSilva (PhD) serves as Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He is the author of two dozen books, including An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, which has nurtured thousands of Christian workers in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean contexts. He is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.