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The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition With Notes
Edward Engelbrecht, general editor
Concordia Publishing House
3558 South Jefferson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63118-3968
9780758625472, $39.99, www.amazon.com
The Biblical apocrypha (from the Greek word apokruphos, meaning "hidden") denotes the collection of ancient books found, in some editions of the Bible, in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments or as an appendix after the New Testament. Although the term apocrypha had been in use since the 5th century, it was in Luther's Bible of 1534 that the Apocrypha was first published as a separate intertestamental section. Luther was making a polemical point about the canonicity of these books. As an authority for this division, he cited St. Jerome, who in the early 5th century distinguished the Hebrew and Greek Old Testaments, stating that books not found in the Hebrew were not received as canonical. Although his statement was controversial in his day, Jerome was later titled a Doctor of the Church and his authority was also cited in the Anglican statement in 1571 of the Thirty-Nine Articles. "The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition With Notes" is a 544 page compendium providing the Christian community with an English Standard Version translation and includes the books of the Apocrypha appearing in the German Luther bible, Lutheran Editions of the Vulgate, and the King James Tradition. In addition to the apocryphal books themselves, "The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition With Notes" is enhanced with an outstanding and detailed introduction, ten appendices, and an extensive and extended reference guide. An outstanding contribution to Christian Studies reference collections, "The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition With Notes" is especially recommended for inclusion into personal, seminary, church, community, and academic library collections.
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9781617950513, $16.99, www.worthypublishing.com
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The Heart-Mind Matrix
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Park Street Press
c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.
One Park Street
Rochester, VT 05767
9781594774881, $16.95, www.innertraditions.com
We can live by our minds, and our hearts. "The Heart-Mind Matrix: How the Heart Can Teach the Mind New Ways to Think" is a spirituality guide from Joseph Chilton Pearce as he presents a new age spiritual guide to living our lives and finding greater understanding of ourselves. Key concepts include exploring where we came from, and discerning a better place for ourselves and our descendants in the future. "The Heart-Mind Matrix" shows plenty to ponder on spiritual evolution, highly recommended.