The Apocrypha Audiobook
- Narrated by: Steve Cook
- Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-24-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Rb3 Solutions, LLC
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Since AD 382, when Saint Jerome began his historic revision of the Latin Bible, up to the present day version of these works, the books known collectively as the Biblical Apocrypha, or simply "the Apocrypha" have been distinguished by controversy, acceptance, inclusion, exclusion, and curiosity.
The word "Apocrypha" originates from the Greek word apókruphos; which means "hidden", referencing to its selective state in different renditions of books - consequently, many have sought to discover why this is so. For many, this relates to a sense of the forbidden has swirled around these books, even though the Apocrypha was included in the Old Testament of the ancient historic churches. Others feel that it plays against their personal beliefs as well as the beliefs of others.
When Jerome settled in Bethlehem in 388, he devoted the last 34 years of his life to translating the Old Testament from its original Hebrew text into Latin. He, as many other scholars to follow him, made notes about the Apocryphal books and their relative value in terms of scripture. Jerome completed "the Vulgate" in AD 405. Upon his death on September 30 AD 420 Jerome was buried in Bethlehem making the Latin Vulgate the standard Bible for the Western world.
The Apocrypha is considered to be valuable because it was included in the Greek translation of the primary Old Testament, named the Septuagint, or LXX, of the early Church. Seventy scholars completed the Septuagint, which roughly translated actually means "the 70". This translation would soon be known as the Old Testament which Jesus and His Apostles would have known.
The books called the Apocrypha were written during the third to the first centuries BC. They would get their origins from such diverse places such as Alexandria (Egypt), Antioch (Syria), and Israel. Some of these books were written in Greek.
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By Eric Rovelto on 08-24-17
An amazing audiobook!
What made the experience of listening to The Apocrypha the most enjoyable?
The way Mr. Cook brought this story alive. I have been waiting for this book to come out on audio since I listened to his rendition of "The Book of Enoch". Mr. Cook does a fantastic job retelling this story and that it is currently the only version Audible makes it a must have. I am so glad that I was able to get it when it first came out. I just can't wait for the next set of audiobooks to hit Audible!
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By Michael Chambers on 11-21-17
For Bible Readers
I have contemplated reading these books for years and made the leap of faith to listen to this via Audible...and I can say that these "lost books" do not misinterpret any story you here from people regarding them.
These compliment the Old Testament stories that you read about and this man brings these stories to life with his amazing voice casting!
I highly recommend this for listening!!!
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