Understanding the Scriptures
|Interpolations(v. 2)||Additions not in the original writings|
|Manifesteth(v. 4)||Makes known|
Doctrine and Covenants 91—The Apocrypha
The Apocrypha is a collection of Hebrew writings from Old Testament times. They were not included in the scriptures of that period written in the Hebrew language but were in the scriptures written in the Greek language at the time of the Savior’s mortal ministry. Even then, however, there were many questions regarding who wrote them and if they were inspired writings. The books in the Apocrypha can help us understand some of the history of the Jewish people between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 91.
Respond to a Friend
Imagine you and a friend are talking about religion and you show him or her your Bible. Your friend says that something is missing from it and asks why your Bible does not include the Apocrypha. Using what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 91, answer your friend’s question.
Make a Comparison
What did the Lord reveal inDoctrine and Covenants 91about how to find the truth in the Apocrypha?
How might this counsel apply to books other than those related to the scriptures, such as school textbooks?