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Daniel, Esther and Jeremiah by
Publication Date: 1977-05-03
The apocryphal sections of Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah and vibrant works which cast light on the life and thought of the Jewish nation at the time of the Exile, adding dramatic excitement and increasing the religious significance of these beloved Bible tales. The Additions to the Book of Daniel tell the exciting stories of the Fiery Furnace, Susanna and the Elders, and the confrontations between Daniel and the gods of Babylon; and show how God preserved the faithful in the face of certain death. The Book of Esther is transformed by the Additions from a so-called 'secular' work to a wonderful and dramatic tale of God's concern and care for His people under the tyranny of foreign oppressors. The Additions to the Book of Jeremiah consists of poems and prayers addressed to the people to the people of the Exile, exhorting them to shun idolatry and offering encouragement for a repressed nation. Why were these invaluable Additions excluded from the canonical versions of the books? This is a fascinating question which is considered in the introductions and notes it the different sections of this volume. The engrossing problems of authorship, date and place of composition, and the intended relevance of each Addition are also dealt with clearly and comprehensively. Illustrated with pages of well-chosen photographs, this work amplifies and enhances our understanding and appreciation of the canonical scriptures.
The Shorter Books of the Apocrypha by
Publication Date: 1972-12-07
The plan of this volume of commentary on the New English Bible texts of the shorter books of the Apocrypha follows the pattern of the now well established New Testament series. The main divisions of the text are those provided by the New English Bible itself, but these are further subdivided for the purposes of the commentary which is printed in short sections following the relevant portion of the text. The books presented in this volume are Tobit, in which the angel Raphael guides Tobit's son Tobias on various adventures, Judith, with its dramatic tale of the beheading of Holophernes, The Rest of the Chapters of the Book of Esther (together with the Book of Esther), Baruch, A Letter of Jeremiah, The Apocryphal Additions to Daniel (The Song of the Three, Daniel Daniel, Bel, and the Snake), and The Prayer of Manasseh.