Is the "Apocrypha" part of the Holy Bible?
The word ‘Apocrypha’ is derived from the Greek word apokryphos, meaning ‘hidden’. Apocrypha is the plural of the singular word, "Apocryphon", referring to a single work. This term is usually applied to all ‘scriptural’ books which are not in the canon of the Holy Bible. However, the title Apocrypha is sometimes misused as a name for a collection of books considered canonical by the Orthodox and the Catholic, but rejected by the Protestants. They are sometimes called 'deuterocanonical books' but our church prefer to refer to them as the 'canonical books omitted by the Protestants'. These books are Tobit, Judith, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, the rest of Esther, the rest of Daniel and Prayer of Manasseh. You will find these books printed as part of the Catholic Bible or in some Bibles with Apocrypha.