Whaddya mean ‘bad’ books?

The Bible is full of weird and wonderful books. But some of the most weird and wonderful—the so-called Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical books—get a bad rap today. First written then later rejected by Jews, preserved then abandoned by (at least some) Christians, the ‘bad’ books are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Bible.

What’s the deal?

“Bad” Books of the Bible introduces these books, discusses their content and history, and explains their value to contemporary readers.

And who are these hosts?

Jamey Bennett is a podcaster, rapper, and occasional writer. He teaches about the Orthodox faith at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton, Florida. He has degrees in education and biblical studies and is currently studying theology through the Antiochian House of Studies. He works for a forensic engineering firm in the insurance industry and lives with his wife Polina and their two dogs, Baxter and Olivia.

Joel J. Miller is chief product officer at Michael Hyatt & Co. A writer and editor with a couple decades in and around the publishing industry, he previously served as vice president of editorial and acquisitions for Thomas Nelson Publishers. He’s written several books on topics ranging from angels to drug policy. He’s also written for Reason, the Washington Post, American Spectator, and National Review Online. He lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Megan and their children.

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Chief product officer at Full Focus. Former vice president of editorial and acquisitions at Thomas Nelson. Author of several books, including The Revolutionary Paul Revere and Lifted by Angels.
Simply Orthodox. Catechist. MTS Student. Podcaster. Rapper. Family Man. Insurance Claims Professional. Liberty + Virtue + Duty.