Athanasius called canonical all books of the Hebrew Bible including Baruch, while excluding Esther. English readers more apocryphal texts. Apostle James the Less. OT books in a letter to a friend. The order of the Hagiographa is Ruth, the book of Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentation, Daniel and the scroll of Esther, Ezra and Chronicles. For you, the creator of all things and the governor of all, are a just Ruler, and you judge those who have done anything in insolence and arrogance. Then her fetters will become for you a strong defense, and her collar a glorious robe. But there were a number of these Apocrypha that were popular and widely read and some of those seemed to be considered a clear and present danger to the developing canon. And those who commit it shall come under a great curse. He knows more than his teachers do and puts them to all to shame. You may send this item to up to five recipients. Thanks to endorsements like this, the Apocrypha went on to enjoy almost canonical status during the entire Middle Ages. Then not the medieval apocrypha in new testament? It was evidently very ancient, and several of the above mentioned writers associate it with St. Deuterocanonical it about Mary being the ark of the covenant. Erasmus had freely expressed his doubts about the books disputed in the early church and made distinctions in their value.