First Edras

1 Esdras (Greek: Ἔσδρας Αʹ), also Esdras A, Greek Esdras, Greek Ezra, or 3 Esdras, is an ancient Greek version of the biblical Book of Ezra in use among the early church, and many modern Christians with varying degrees of canonicity. 1 Esdras…

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The Second book of Maccabees

The Second Book of Maccabees, also called 2 Maccabees, is a deuterocanonical book originally in Greek which focuses on the Maccabean Revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes and concludes with the defeat of the Seleucid Empire general Nicanor in 161 BC by Judas Maccabeus, the “hero of the Jewish…

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The First Book of Maccabees

The First Book of Maccabees, also called 1 Maccabees, is a book written in Hebrew by an anonymous Jewish author after the restoration of an independent Jewish kingdom by the Hasmonean dynasty, around the late 2nd century BC….

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Bell and the Dragon

The narrative of Bel and the Dragon is incorporated as chapter 14 of the extended Book of Daniel. The original Septuagint text in Greek survives in a single manuscript, Codex Chisianus, while the standard text is due to Theodotion, the…

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Divine Name

Do you know the name of the Holy One that created you? Can you tell? Did you say, God, Lord, Jehovah, or how about Jesus? Sadly, when one poses this question to the general…

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Susanna

Susanna (/suˈzænə/; Hebrew: שׁוֹשַׁנָּה‎, Modern: Šošana, Tiberian: Šôšannâ: “lily”), also called Susanna and the Elders, is a narrative included in the Book of Daniel (as chapter 13) by the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. It is one of the additions to Daniel, considered apocryphal by Protestants. It is listed in Article…

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The Book of Baruch

The Book of Baruch is a deuterocanonical book of the Bible in some Christian traditions. In Judaism and Protestant Christianity, it is considered not to be part of the canon, with the Protestant Bibles categorizing it as part of…

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The Prayer of Azariah

The Prayer of Azariah, apocryphal insertion into The Book of Daniel in the Greek (Septuagint) Bible and subsequently included in the Latin (Vulgate) Bible and the Roman Catholic biblical canon. The Prayer of Azariah and the accompanying Song…

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The Prayer of Manasseh

The Prayer of Manasseh is a short work of 15 verses recording a penitential prayer attributed to king Manasseh of Judah. The majority of scholars believe that the Prayer of Manasseh was written in Greek (while a minority argues…

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Wisdom of Solomon

The Book of Wisdom, or the Wisdom of Solomon, is a Hebrew work written in Greek and most likely composed in Alexandria, Egypt. Generally dated to the mid-first century BC, the central theme of…

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