But it is also probable that these apocryphal versions are based on a genuine original.
This is the most important of all the apocryphal writings for the history of religious thought.
The one exception is a prophetic writing, the apocryphal Book of Eldad and Modad, A careful study of practical Christian ethics at Rome as implied in the Shepherd, will be found in E.
It is used to designate an apocryphal writing entitled in the older MSS.
Liber sapientiae), an apocryphal book of the "Wisdom Literature" (q.v.), the most brilliant production of pre-Christian Hebrew philosophical thought, remarkable both for the elevation of its ideas and for the splendour of its diction.