Ali Bey's translation of the Apocrypha

In addition to the Old and New Testaments Ali Bey also translated the Apocrypha (Deuterocanonical books) which are accepted by the Orthodox and Catholic churches as God's Word. His text has been transcribed into Modern Turkish characters by Mr. Kadir Akın and can be downloaded from this site: The 16 Deuterocanonical books translated by Ali Bey are: Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Tobit, Prayer of Manassa, Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, I. and II. Maccabees, I. ve II. Esdras, Esther's additional chapters, additions to Daniel (Three Young Men, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon), and III. Macabbees, also known as the Book of Simon. Because these books, which are accepted by the Orthodox, were written not in Hebrew but in Greek, they are given secondary authority by Catholics and read in worship, but recommended only for private reading by Protestants and seldom read in public worship. The Greek word "Deuterocanonica" means 'books of secondary authority'.

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