The Apocrypha are the 14 (sometimes 15) writings from the Jewish community that are not a part of the Hebrew canon of Scripture, and therefore are not included in Hebrew Bibles, but are found in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible produced in early Christian times. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities regularly include the Apocrypha in the Christian Old Testament; Protestant churches include them in a separate section of the Old Testament with the label “Apocrypha” or (rarely today) eliminate them entirely.


In the numerical ratings at the end of each Bible dictionary description 5 is the highest rating; 1 is the lowest.