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Apocrypha

Apocrypha n. Greek (ah-POCK-rih-fah) A group of 14 religious books that were originally included in the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Old testament. The writings are thought to have been translated by Jewish scholars at the request of Ptolemy II. These books, which the ancient rabbis referred to as sefarim hizonim (extraneous books), …

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apikoros

apikoros n. Yiddish (ah-peh-KAY-riss) A religious heretic or skeptic; one who doesn’t believe. The term was first used in the Mishnah to refer to a Jew who renounced the Torah. Apikoros is a Yiddish variation of Epicurus, the Greek philosopher who championed the pursuit of sensual pleasures. noun Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication …

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Antiochus IV, King

Antiochus IV, King (an-TIE-ah-cuss) A Syrian king who ruled Judea and ancient Israel from 175 to 163 b.c.e In his efforts to wipe out Judaism, Antiochus demanded intense Hellenization and forbade many Jewish practices, including circumcision and Sabbath observance. He desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem with animal sacrifices and statues of Greek gods. The Maccabees’ …

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afikoman

afikoman n. Hebrew (ah-fee-KO-men) From a Greek word meaning “dessert,” a piece of matzah that is hidden during the Passover seder. On the seder table are three symbolic matzot covered with a cloth. Following the text of the haggadah, the leader breaks the middle matzah in half and hides one half—the afikoman—somewhere in the house. …

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ANGELS

ANGELS The scope of this article.—The passages in the apostolic writings in which angels are mentioned or referred to will be examined; some of them are ambiguous and have been interpreted in various ways. The doctrine of the OT and of the apocryphal period on the subject has been so fully dealt with in HDB …

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ANDRONICUS (Ἀνδρόνικος, a Greek name)

ANDRONICUS (Ἀνδρόνικος, a Greek name) Saluted by St. Paul in Ro 16:7, his name being coupled with that of Junias or Junia.* (1) The pair are described as ‘my kinsmen’ (τοὺς συγγενεῖς μου), by which may be meant fellow-Jews (Ro 9:5), possibly members of the same tribe, almost certainly not relatives. This last interpretation has …

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ANANIAS (Gr. Ἀνανίας; Heb. חָנָן ‘Jahweh is gracious’)

ANANIAS (Gr. Ἀνανίας; Heb. חָנָן ‘Jahweh is gracious’) A very common name in later Jewish times, corresponding to Hananiah or Hanani of the OT. We find it occurring frequently in the post-exilic writings and particularly in the Apocrypha. In the history of the Apostolic Church, we meet with three persons bearing this name. An early …

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