The fifteen Jewish books of the Apocrypha were written during the four hundred years between the writing of the Old and the New Testaments. That time period is called the silent years, because God did not inspire any writings. The Jews have never viewed those writings as inspired, nor did the early church. They are more like a best-selling Christian book. Such a book may have many good things to say, but there is no guarantee that its teachings are accurate. Yet even though the Apocrypha is not inspired and should never be used to determine the official teachings of the church, it does contain wisdom and it gives insight into the silent years of Israel’s history.
Excerpt from Incredibly Human: Community in the First Creation
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