THE COTROVERSY O THE APOCHRYPHA. BY Dr. James InglisBY JOH HOGG. About the beginning of the present century, a sharp con- troversy sprung up in Great Britain respecting the Old Tes- tament Apochrypha. The British and Foreign Bible Society published the Apochrypha along with those Bibles which were intended for circulation in continental Europe, on the plea that it was impossible to circulate the Scriptures abroad, especially in Germany, if these writings were excluded, as the people generally imagined that they were a part of the "Word of God. This was true, it was alleged, not only of the Roman Catholics, who, since the Council of Trent, re- ceived all the boohs of the Apochrypha as canonical Scrip- ture, but also of the Lutherans, who, from reading them both 38 The Controversy on the apochrypha. [Jan,, in public and private, attached to them the idea of a sort of half inspiration. The late Dr. Andrew Thomson, of Edin- burgh, attacked this position, both in the pulpit and the press, with all the force of his pnwerful mind, alleging that such a defence was just a reiteration of the sentiment, "Let us do evil, that good may conic." This discussion extended to every part of Scotland, and issued id the establishment of the Edinburgh Bible Society, by which nothing was circulated but the pure Word of God. After the heat of controversy had subsided, the British and Foreign Bible Society ceased to print the Apochrypha for foreign circulation, out of defer- ence, it was alleged, to Scotland ; but, doubtless, also, for the conclusive arguments of Dr. Thomson and his coadjutors.