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The Apocrypha: Lutheran Edition with Notes – A Tantalizing Tidbit of the Feast to Come

July 27th, 2011
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I received today yet another packet of The Apocrypha: Lutheran Edition with Notes. This one happened to contain the Table of Contents I thought I would tantalize and, yes, tease you, with a look at it. As you can see, this is a very substantial and highly significant presentation of the Apocrypha. Frankly, there is no other edition of the Apocrypha like this one available from any publisher or church body of which I’m aware. I think this is really going to be a well received volume and generate a lot of interest. It will be out Fall 2012. Be sure to hit the “read more” link to see the entire Table of Contents.

Here is the menu of the feast that awaits you…..



Front Matter




The Engravings

Editor’s Preface

Preface to ESV Apocrypha

Features of The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes

An Introduction to the Apocrypha and the Time Between the Testaments

Getting Started

The Holy Scripture and Other Ancient Writings

The Apocrypha in Modern Bible Publications by Edwin Cone Bissel

The Historical Setting of the Apocrypha by Raymond F. Surburg



The Judeans under Persian Rule (538–330 BC)

The Persian Empire [TLSB map, p. 1396]

Diagram of Zerubbabel’s temple [TLSB, p. 730]

The Judeans and Alexander the Great (330–323 BC)

The Empire of Alexander [TLSB map, p. 1554]

Divided Rule: The Judeans under the Ptolemies (323–181 BC)

Map of the Jewish Diaspora [Charles]

Divided Rule: The Judeans under the Seleucids (312–164 BC)

The Ptolemies and the Seleucids [TLSB p. 1421]

The Judeans under the Maccabees (164–134 BC)

The Judeans under the Hasmoneans (134–63 BC)

The Hasmonean Conquest [TLSB map, p. 1555]

The Judeans under the Romans (63 BC–AD 135)

The Kingdom of Herod [TLSB Map, p. 1576]

The Roman Empire [TLSB Map, p. 1895]

Diagram of Herodian Dynasty [Edersheim, p. 701]

Herod’s Temple [TLSB diagram, p. 1710]

Theological Teachings of the Time Between the Testaments

Chart of references to explicit prayers in the Apocrypha

Chart of references regarding the Messiah

Reading Guide

Reference Guide [Banding]


Transliteration Guidelines

Articles and Charts List

Map List

Place Names of the Apocrypha and Ancient Empires

Apocrypha Topics

Apocrypha Chronology and World History


Persons and Groups in the Apocrypha and Early Judaism

Key Terms and Phrases in the Apocrypha

The Offerings [Article/Chart]

OT and Jewish Feasts [chart]

Names for God in the Apocrypha [Article/Chart]

The Apocrypha in Lutheran Worship

The Apocrypha [Arabic Numeration; TLSB style notes on these books]


Intro page

The Arrangement of Books [Article]

Title Variations for Apocryphal Books




The Wisdom of Solomon






Ecclesiasticus [aka Sirach]






The Letter of Jeremiah



1 Maccabees



Josephus and 1 and 2 Maccabees Compared [chart]

1 and 2 Maccabees: A Detailed Comparison [chart]

2 Maccabees



Old Greek Esther






Bel and the Dragon



The Prayer of Azariah



The Song of the Three Holy Children



The Prayer of Manasseh



The Apocryphal Books in Other Christian Traditions


Introduction [Other Books of the Apocrypha – article]

Canonicity and Use of the Apocrypha [Article]

The Apocrypha and the Old Testament Scriptures [deSilva Article]

The Apocrypha and the New Testament [deSilva Article]

1 Esdras



2 Esdras



3 Maccabees or Ptolemaika



4 Maccabees



Psalm 151



Assumed Settings for Apocryphal Books [chart]



Appendix 1: The Elephantine Papyri

Appendix 2: The Cairo Geniza Documents

Appendix 3: The Dead Sea Scrolls

Appendix 4: Discoveries of Other Early Jewish Manuscripts

Appendix 5: Philo and His Writings

Appendix 6: Josephus and His Writings

Appendix 7: Pseudepigrapha of the OT

Appendix 8: Rabbinic Literature

Appendix 9: New Testament Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha

Appendix 10: The Nag Hammadi Codices


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  1. July 27th, 2011 at 13:36 | #1

    Very nice! Will this be on Kindle? :)

  2. July 27th, 2011 at 14:43 | #3


  3. Adam
    July 27th, 2011 at 18:37 | #4

    I have to wait a year!!!! Thanks for the hard work Rev. McCain and other at CPH. I have been refering to pastor friends of mine to TLSB instead of another one… and will be on the waiting list for this one too.

  4. max
    July 27th, 2011 at 18:38 | #5

    cant wait!!

  5. David McElroy
    July 27th, 2011 at 21:55 | #6

    This will be a great addition to my library. I will look forward to getting in a prepublication order.

  6. July 28th, 2011 at 14:39 | #7

    Still no Libronix version of LW 58?

    I guess I’m the only one who cares…. I can keep pestering you…. for a long time.

    • July 28th, 2011 at 14:48 | #8

      Maybe you could instead remember what I’ve already told you a few times?

      There will be LW 59 in LOGOS edition (not Libronix, by the way, Libronix is the name of the software engine that powers LOGOS software), we are working through some issues with LOGOS so we can move foreward with them on this and other projects.

  7. Karen Keil
    August 8th, 2011 at 20:13 | #9

    I remember becoming aware of the Apocrypha in high school and reading the edition put out by Edgar J. Goodspeed.

    This edition looks like it will mention other Christian traditions such as the Ethiopic Bible with its 81 books, the biggest of all Christian Bibles.

    Just from the Table of Contents, it looks very exciting and very comprehensive. I can’t wait either. Why is it the Lutherans that write and compile very comprehensive and thorough books? Thank you for bringing this out!

  8. Randall
    August 10th, 2011 at 20:36 | #10

    Wow, this looks fantastic. I am really looking forward to its release. I guess it is good this wasn’t included in TLSB. That sucker would have needed wheels! Thanks, as always, Pastor McCain.

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