Apocrypha

 

The Apocrypha is a section of books in the Bible that can be found between the Old & New Testaments. The Church considers them to be historical, but not divinely inspired. The following link will give you more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_apocrypha

 

Question: Was the Apocrypha in the original King James Bible? If so, why is it not in there now.

 

Answer: For a really detailed answer go to pages 222-228 of Alister McGrath’s book, In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture.

 

It’s a complicated story that went on for centuries. It involves theology, but was finally decided by money. The answer is that it was in the original King James Bible from 1611 when it was first published until about 1826 when the missionary societies removed it for financial reasons. It was cheaper to make and ship the KJ Bibles without the Apocrypha in it.

 

The first English-language Bible that was printed in North America (Robert Aitken’s 1782 “Bible of the Revolution”) did not have the Apocrypha.  Aitken was in a very big hurry to get his Bible into the hands of Revolutionary War soldiers before they were discharged.  Much like Aitken, our first several 1733 Bibles did not have the Apocrypha in it either because it took us a year or more to scan it, clean it up, and to get them printed.  Aitken may have added the Apocrypha to his Bible, if he had had time.  But, with the end of the war, Britain started shipping in their higher quality, lower cost Bibles again and ran Aitken out of the Bible business.  Ever 1733 Bible that we make now has the Apocrypha in it, just as our original did.

 

www.18thcenturybibles.org/1733-bible