A Year in the Old Testament guides you through reading the major stories of the Old Testament in the course of a year, and does it in a way that is encouraging and manageable. Along the way readers gain an understanding of the message of God's Word.
Why? Not the best of reasons. It was cheaper to print Bibles without them.
Described by Martin Luther as useful texts to read, but not divinely inspired, the Apocrypha allows Lutherans to look back at their heritage and see the Bible as our forefathers would have. Furthermore, the texts of the Apocrypha are essential reading for filling in the 400-year gap between the Old and New Testaments.
The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes is an essential companion volume to The Lutheran Study Bible and deserves space on your home reference shelf.
In QBR 3.3, Apostles' Tide 2009, we reviewed the Oxford edition of the ESV Apocrypa Text. Since our pdf archives are temporarily unavailable, we have reproduced that review below (bold text added for emphasis).
Regarding the latter question, special permission seems to be necessary for ESV Apocrypha quotations. A perfect solution to this is the forthcoming LOGS version of the Lutheran edition before us, now available for preorder. We also have the answer to the former question, Thanks Be to God!
Reward those who wait for you
Similarly, the Antiphon for the Christmas Midnight Introit is based on Wisdom 18:14-15: When all was still, and it was midnight, your almighty Word, O Lord, descended from the royal throne. The ESV Apocrypha text:
For while gentle silence enveloped all things,
Verse sixteen is quite memorable indeed, if not for the sword, death, and aforementioned "doom," yet more so for the incarnate Warrior who "touched heaven while standing on the earth." My homiletical juices are flowing.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.