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Questions tagged [apocrypha]

Early Jewish works which were not included in the Biblical canon

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Why does Rabba bar Mari in the Talmud quote Ben Sira as a part of “the Writings” when it is not in the Ketuvim section of the Tanakh?

As revealed in the answer here, in Bava Kama 92b, Rava asks Rabba bar Mari for the source of a popular saying, and Rabba bar Mari answers with five different sources for it. The third verse, which is ...
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Does anything in the Tanakh resemble the quote “Each shall seek his own kind”?

I just watched "Fiddler on the Roof" and noticed Tevye said the following: Who says he isn't? It's just that he's a different kind of man. As the Good Book says, "Each shall seek his own kind." In ...
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In 2 Esdras 14:46, what are the “last seventy” scrolls and do they still exist?

In 2 Esdras 14:37-48, the story is told of Ezra's restoration of the Tanakh 37 I took the five men, as he had commanded me, and we went out into the field and remained there. 38 So it happened to ...
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Has the “Mäṣḥafä Kedus” (Holy Scriptures) of Beta Israel been translated into English?

From Wikipedia: Mäṣḥafä Kedus (Holy Scriptures) is the name for the religious literature. The language of the writings is Ge'ez. The holiest book is the Orit (from Aramaic "Oraita" – "Torah") which ...
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Does Judaism forbid fasting on Fridays and Saturdays? If so, where is this rule written and what is the reasoning behind it?

I was reading the deuterocanonical Book of Judith, and I came across the following: Judith had lived as a widow in her house for three years and four months. She pitched a tent for herself on ...
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What Feast Day/Holy Day is spoken of in Judith 16, and is it still observed today?

Judith 16:24-31 (DRB) And the people were joyful in the sight of the sanctuary, and for three months the joy of this victory was celebrated with Judith. 25 And after those days every man returned to ...
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Where in the Talmud is there a discussion of which books to canonize and who redacted the books of Navi?

I believe those two discussions were in the same daf. anyone can help?
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where is the midrash of Tobit?

A summarized account of the Apocryphal work Tobit (Tuvia in Hebrew) is supposed to appear in Bereishit Rabbah. (Source: Wikipedia) I have read that the midrashic account is connected to Jacobs vow (...
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Is it permissible to read works of the apocrypha?

The Mishna in Sanhedrin 10:1 says וְאֵלּוּ שֶׁאֵין לָהֶם חֵלֶק לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא.... רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא אוֹמֵר, אַף הַקּוֹרֵא בַסְּפָרִים הַחִיצוֹנִים These are the ones who do not have a share ...
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What is the Testament of Hezekiah? I know it exists, but can't locate it

I am currently reading up on of apocryphal and pseudopigagraphical literature, and I see on a list that the Testament of Hezekiah is enumerated as one of them. However, I cannot locate a source or any ...
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Is the book of Enoch part of judaism?

The book (or books) of Enoch is a collection of works purportedly made by Enoch, the great grandfather of Noach, before the flood. I read that they are not part of the Tanach, even though it contains ...
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Jewish view on the extra text included in the LXX (and by some Christians) in the book of Daniel?

The book of Daniel, as found in the Tanach consists of 12 chapters: 1 and 8-12 in Hebrew and 2-7 in Aramaic. This contains the familiar Daniel story and his four visions. Catholic and Orthodox (but ...
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Is there an orthodox publication of the book(s) of the Maccabees?

I would like to know if any orthodox publisher has put out a version of the book(s) of the Maccabees.
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How does orthodox Judaism view the Dead Sea Scrolls?

I'm trying to understand how orthodox Jews view the dead sea scrolls. Are they considered authentic representations of Judaism? If there are textual variants between our current tanach texts and the ...
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Is ben Sira a good book?

In a comment on another question, R' Gershon Gold linked to a page on Beit El Yeshiva's Web site that starts its discussion of a point of halacha with a quotation from Chochmas ben Sira (...
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Do Jews believe the content of Maccabees (I-IV) is true?

This related question touches on the book of Maccabees. I was wondering if Jews believe the content of Maccabees (I-IV) is true, even though it is outside the canon. If any of the Rishonim or ...
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Is there a translation of the words of Ben Sira?

Is there an authoritative translation into English of the works of Ben Sira (his wisdom, his alphabet)?
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Maccabees and God's interaction

I looked over this answer Why isn't the book of the Maccabees part of the Jewish canon?, but I had further questions. I understand why its non canonical, i think its easier to understand when an ...
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Were the Books of Maccabees found in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Were there copies of any of the Books of Maccabees (and/or Megillas Antiochus) found amongst in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
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Why isn't the book of the Maccabees part of the Jewish canon?

I believe they are in the Christian canon... why not Jewish?