David deSilva's lucid discussion of the main themes in the Apocrypha fills a gap in the available literature on these important books on the edge of the canon. DeSilva helpfully explains the status of these books in the Christian churches. His book is am important resource for biblical theology and is eminently accessible for students. --John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament, Yale.
David deSilva’s The Apocrypha serves as a model for the new Core Biblical Studies series. I cannot see how an introduction to this important but neglected corpus of writings could be written in a more interesting, informative, and fun-to-read manner. The events of the inter-testamental period, the important themes of the books of the Apocrypha, and their relevance for understanding Jesus, the early Church, and the writings of the New Testament are spelled out clearly and very helpfully. Every student of the Bible should read this book.
--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada
In a world of over-specialization it is always refreshing to find a scholar who is an expert in various fields and can relate one field of study to another with style and grace. Such a scholar is David deSilva, equally adept at guiding us in our studies of the OT and NT, but also in this book, the Apocrypha. David is full-conversant with the relevant scholarly literature and discussions, but he writes with a clarity and verve that brings to life these ancient Jewish texts for clergy, laity, and scholar alike. If you are looking for an excellent introduction to the OT Apocrypha, which helps you understand its content, context, and relevance to studying the Bible, then look no further. deSilva's new book, The Apocrypha, is just the book for you. Highly recommended.
--Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Amos Professor of NT for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore , Kentucky; Doctoral Faculty St. Mary's College, St. Andrews University, Scotland