noun (often used with a singular verb)
Examples from the Web for apocrypha
This view is also mentioned with favour in Charles' article on Apocrypha in the 1902 vols.The Three Additions to Daniel, A Study|William Heaford Daubney
Yet among the churches of the Reformation a milder and a severer view prevailed regarding the apocrypha.
Regarding these Apocrypha the attitude of the church changed a good deal during our period.The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation|Ernst Von Dobschutz
Here comes in the use of the Apocrypha, "which the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners."
Palestinian and Hellenistic Judaism disagreed about the recognition of the books now known as the Apocrypha.
British Dictionary definitions for apocrypha
noun the Apocrypha (functioning as singular or plural)
Word Origin for Apocrypha
Word Origin and History for apocrypha
late 14c., neuter plural of Late Latin apocryphus "secret, not approved for public reading," from Greek apokryphos "hidden; obscure," thus "(books) of unknown authorship" (especially those included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but not originally written in Hebrew and not counted as genuine by the Jews), from apo- "away" (see apo-) + kryptein "to hide" (see crypt). Properly plural (the single would be Apocryphon or apocryphum), but commonly treated as a collective singular.
Culture definitions for apocrypha
Religious writings that have been accepted as books of the Bible (see also Bible) by some groups but not by others. The Roman Catholic Church, for example, includes seven books, such as Judith, I and II Maccabees, and Ecclesiasticus, in the Old Testament that Jews (see also Jews) and Protestants do not consider part of the Bible. Some churches may read the Apocrypha for inspiration but not to establish religious doctrine.