Today, the word “apocryphal” is a secular word used to describe something that is false or counterfeit. However, centuries ago the word meant something different. The root “apoc” means “hidden things.” In the Protestant church, Apocrypha is the name given to a group of books written between 300 B.C.E. and 70 C.E. that were excluded from the Old Testament because they were not considered divinely inspired. Among the churches that do accept these books as divinely inspired, there is no consensus on the books that should be included.