So, what are these ancient “books” we call the Apocrypha? Do they have historical value? Do they really belong in any bible? Are they “inspired” by God? Did Jesus mention anything from them?
Greg Boyd has a podcast where he discusses what the apocrypha is and why it is in some bibles and not in others. He then offers guidance on using it.
You can listen to it HERE.
You may also want to check out this book:
Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance by David A. deSilva
This book has been endorsed by a variety of bible scholars, but is easily accessible to laypeople as well. It would be a great addition to anyone’s biblical library.
You may be able to find it at your LOCAL LIBRARY.