So, anyway, today's post will focus on the Book of Baruch. Here's some general information I learned this week about this book in the Apocrypha.....
This book is considered a canonical book of the Bible by the Roman Catholics. In their Bible it follows the Book of Lamentations. This book is NOT included in the Hebrew Bible.
It is a compilation of verses from the books of Job, Daniel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. This book is named after Baruch who was a secretary of the prophet Jeremiah. It was addressed to the Jews exiled in Babylon and was written partly in prose and partly in poetry. The prose portion includes an admission of sin, a promise of deliverance after repentance, and a prayer asking mercy and praising God. The poetry portion includes verses in praise of wisdom and of God's commandments and of verses urging the exiles to be courageous and comforted. The sixth chapter of Baruch claims to be a letter of Jeremiah addressed to the exiles in Babylon and is a warning against idolatry.
Most likely, these three parts were written at different times. It may have been compiled as late as the 1st or 2nd century AD by an Alexandrian editor using the original Hebrew manuscripts.
It is thought that it's exclusion from the Hebrew is due, in large part, to the fact that there is no proof of prophetic authority. Its value is only as a mirror of time and as a keeper of many liturgical and poetical passages of great beauty and power.
Next week we'll look at the book of Judith from the Apocrypha.