Between the Testaments - The Jewish Apocrypha

Parts of the so-called ‘Apocrypha’, or ‘doubtful’ books, included in many Christian Bibles, are a great read fir history, prophecy, poetry and philosophy. These Jewish writings were created between 200 BCE and 100 CE but not accepted as Scripture when the canon of the Hebrew Bible was determined – perhaps as late as the second century CE. They reveal many of the religious ideas which emerged in the period between the last of the Jewish prophets and the teaching of Jesus.


  • Face-to-Face


  • The ins and outs of the Apocrypha; additions to the books of Esther and Daniel.
  • Tobit, Judith and other people of interest.
  • Jewish history 1 - Maccabees. The rise and fall of the Hasmonaean kingdom.
  • More Jewish history 2 and 3 - Maccabees. 1 and 2 Esdras, Baruch.
  • Additional wisdom books - Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus.
  • Some other Jewish Apocrypha not found between the Testaments


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Appreciate the literary value of these lesser-known texts.
  2. Analyse some differences between the teachings of pre- and post- Exilic Jerusalem.
  3. Identify why Jewish and Christian scholars see these texts as ‘doubtful’.

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