This is the first and only ESV edition of the Apocrypha with notes and annotations by Lutherans.
The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition allows Lutherans to look
back at their heritage and see the Bible as our forefathers would have.
Furthermore, the texts of the Apocrypha are essential reading for
filling in the 400-year gap between the Old and New Testaments.
A key resource for understanding the New Testament’s background, Concordia’s The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition includes
notes, maps, charts, illustrations, introductions to the books, and an
extensive set of articles that provide guidance to those who are
studying ancient literature such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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"Scripture in Jesus’ Judaism and in the Early Church included
more documents than those found in the Protestant canon. Some of these
works, called 'Apocrypha' by Protestants and 'Deuteron-canonical Work'
by Roman Catholics are expertly and attractively collected in The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition
with Notes. In these writings you will find a deep expression of the
need for God’s forgiveness (the Prayer of Manasseh) and a vision of the
future with the coming of the Messiah (2 Esdras or Ezra Apocalypse = 4
Ezra). The introductions are superbly well written and engaging. One can
see how the Apocrypha ... bridges the Old Testament with the New
Testament. Highly recommended, as Athanasius said in 367 'for
instruction in the word of godliness.'"
—James H. Charlesworth
Director and Editor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project
George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
—From the foreword by Rev. Paul L. Maier, PhD
"Quite likely, The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes
is the product of one of the most ambitious projects dealing with the
Apocrypha ever undertaken. Not only does it offer an unfailingly
accurate translation of the various texts involved, via the English
Standard Version, but it is also replete with scholarly notes and
commentary to assist the reader—lay or professional—in every way
The Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History
Western Michigan University
"This book provides a well-balanced blend of sound scholarship
and religious beliefs on the Apocrypha, especially those of Luther and
the Lutherans. The reader will find all the necessary background
information on the Apocrypha in an attractive presentation, as well as
religious guidance for instruction and preaching. A wealth of
introductory essays and appendixes make this a very useful compendium."
—Prof. Emanuel Tov, PhD
J. L. Magnes Professor of Bible
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"Luther recommended the Apocrypha as books that are not
regarded as equal to the Holy Scripture, and yet are profitable and good
to read. Lutheran piety up to now seems to have remembered just the
first part of this statement and did not very often exercise itself in
the profitable reading. This present edition gives us occasion to get a
fresh approach to books like Wisdom of Solomon, Maccabees, and others.
Accompanied with quotations mainly from Luther and John Gerhard, and
useful explanations, the reader may gain a deeply spiritual approach to
the Apocrypha and explore anew these treasures of the Lutheran faith!"
—Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin
Eberhard Karls Universität
"The books of the Apocrypha are absolutely essential for understanding the Jewish context of early Christianity. The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes
is an outstanding work of scholarship that provides a welcome service
to Lutherans and, indeed, to Christians of other traditions interested
in reading and studying these fascinating and often entertaining
writings, which the great Luther himself deemed “useful and good to
read.” A thoughtfully edited and attractively produced volume, it
includes many unique features and has the fullest annotations of any
comparable study edition. In all, this is a monumental achievement and
valuable resource for scholars, students, and lay people alike."
—Daniel C. Harlow, PhD
Professor of Religion, Calvin College
Editor, The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism