The Apocrypha is accepted as being genuine by some people today, but rejected by many others. Some of it is included in various versions of the Bible, but is absent in most. Is it inspired by God, or invented by humans? Let’s examine some evidence to see if we can find the answer.
The Jews knew of the Apocrypha, but NEVER ACCEPTED any of it as canonical. For the Jews, any books written after Ezra, Nehemiah and Malachi’s time (such as the Apocrypha) were not considered inspired. They considered the canon closed after this time (by circa 400 BCE or before).