I just happen to run across a Bible called "The Good News Bible". It contains Apocrypha (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true:( and Deuterocanonical (of sacred books or literary works). I randomly opened the book at SIRACH. So I read a little and it kept my attention so I read more. It gave me a different outlook on medicine and death and I think I am able to deal with those life changing events better now. It just so happens that a friend of mine lost his brother and I read a passage on mourning and grief and I was able to confort him and console him in a proper and decent way. And on the same page was a passage concerning physicians. I was surprised at how right on it was. It really made sense to me and I can't believe that the book of SIRACH is not in all Bibles. It has some great insight. It's similar to Proverbs. It contains a bunch of wisdom and enlightenment and truth. Have you ever read the book of SIRACH? What did you think of it? There are other books that I would like to read in "The New Oxford Annotated BIBLE (college edition) like Tobit, Judith, The additions to the Book of Ester, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach, Baruch, The Letter of Jeremiah, The Assitions to the Greek Book of Daniel, the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Jews, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, 1 Esdras (3 Esdras in Slavonic, 3 Esdras in Appendix to Vulgate, Prayer of Manasseh, Psalms 151 and 3 Maccabees. It might take me some time to do all of this reading but I think it will be worth my time.
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