noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, neuter plural of apocryphus secret, not canonical, from Greek apokryphos obscure, from apokryptein to hide away, from apo- + kryptein to hide — more at crypt Date: 14th century 1. writings or statements of dubious authenticity 2. capitalized a. books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament — see bible table b. early Christian writings not included in the New Testament

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  • Apocrypha — ► PLURAL NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ those books of the Old Testament not accepted as part of Hebrew scripture and excluded from the Protestant Bible at the Reformation. ORIGIN from Latin apocrypha scripta hidden writings …   English terms dictionary

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  • Apocrypha — late 14c., neuter plural of L.L. apocryphus secret, not approved for public reading, from Gk. apokryphos hidden; obscure, thus (books) of unknown authorship (especially those included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but not originally written in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Apocrypha —    The term Apocrypha generally refers to those ancient Hebrew books that were originally included in the Latin Vulgate Bible compiled and edited by St. Jerome (c. 347 419/420), even though they were not considered canonical by most Jews at the… …   Encyclopedia of Protestantism

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