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Heresy?...Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, a Summary of Books

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Heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs.  Heresy is distinct from both apostasy, which is the explicit renunciation of one's religion, principles or cause, and blasphemy, which is irreverence toward religion.

Apocrypha are statements or claims that are of dubious authenticity. The word's origin is the medieval Latin adjective apocryphus, "secret, or non-canonical", from the Greek adjective ?π?κρυφος (apocryphos), "obscure", from verb ?ποκρ?πτειν (apocryptein), "to hide away".

Pseudepigrapha (also Anglicized as "pseudepigraph" or "pseudepigraphs") are falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed authorship is represented by a separate author; or a work, "whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past." The word "pseudepigrapha" (from the Greek: ψευδ?ς, pseude, "false" and ?πιγραφ?, epigraphe, "name" or "inscription" or "ascription"; thus when taken together it means "false superscription or title" see the related epigraphy) is the plural of "pseudepigraphon" (sometimes Latinized as "pseudepigraphum").

 

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