Books not considered to be biblical by at least some churches.

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Which Apocrypha are part of the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions and which are not? Why?

How do the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches differentiate between which Apocrypha are part of their holy tradition and which are not? For example, the story of the Presentation of the Blessed ...
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Do any Protestant denominations organize a canon starting from a collection of books other than the Roman Catholic Church's canon?

It is my understanding that most Protestant groups recognise a 66 book canon which is entirely a subset of the Roman Catholic canon and which was developed by removing the so-called apocrypha from the ...
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Did Judas identify Jesus with a kiss because Jesus could change his features? [closed]

The apocryphal gospel Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem “On the Life and the Passion of Christ” says that Judas identified Jesus with a kiss (as related in three canonical gospels, Matthew 26:48; Mark 14:44; ...
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Why is the Gospel of Thomas considered heretical by Nicene Christians?

I've seen in a few places the Gospel of Thomas described as Gnostic and thus heretical. I've seen people dismiss it as heretical but never going into the details of why that is the case. Why is the ...
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Where is the story that James (the 'brother') shared one-half of his inheritance with Jesus?

The story is, I believe, apocryphal; but the "brothers of Jesus, sons of Joseph" rejected sharing their inheritance with Jesus and James, a follower of Jesus and leader of the early church (per Acts), ...
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Is enjoying an apocryphal book a sin? [closed]

I've been reading some apocryphal books, like gnostic books, and was enjoying them as they seem so unusual and otherworldly to me. I'm not a devoted Christian but, if I'd been a devoted Christian ...
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Is there any reference regarding the use of these extra-biblical sources in Mennonite congregations?

Background A few years ago, a concern was raised by a member of a local Mennonite congregation about the use of citations from the Shepherd of Hermas. At the time, the concern was alleviated when it ...
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Do Catholics have an “Apocrypha” or just a “Bible”?

Pardon my ignorance here, but I am just wondering if the Apocrypha is labeled as such by Catholics? To clarify, a Protestant would refer to the 66 books of Protestant Scripture as "the Bible", and to ...
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Were the councils of the 4th and 5th centuries primarily to deal with Apocryphal writings?

Were the Apocryphal writings the primary motivation behind the cannons and councils of the 4th and 5th centuries or were there other motivations? Did the ancient church leaders cite their reasons for ...
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Why did Satan fall to Earth?

He could have fell to Mars, Venus, or GJ667Cc. I understand that he needed to be cast out of heaven, but why to Earth where he has caused more trouble? Are there any apocryphal books which describe ...
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Which doctrines are based solely on the apocrypha?

What Roman Catholic doctrines are based only in the 7 books canonized by the Roman church, but not accepted by Protestants. (e.g., Tobit, Judith, Maccabees, the additions to Daniel and Esther, etc...) ...
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Are there any Messianic references in the OT apocrypha?

Are there any references to Jesus / the Messiah in the OT apocrypha? (See example of book list here.)
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

In the Catholic tradition, several "apocryphal" books are used in addition to the same Old Testament canon used by Protestants. What is the origin of these books and how do they differ from from the ...
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Should a Protestant read the apocryphal books of the Bible? [closed]

The Protestant Bible has 66 books. Should we read apocryphal books (e.g. 1&2 Maccabees and Gospel of Thomas)?