It seems to me that “Protestant Bibles” that do not have the apocryphal books are missing rich material that most certainly would have informed to some degree the Apostles’ own thinking about the relation of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection to the suffering of Israel and the promises of God to redeem that suffering and liberate them from oppression.
I couldn't agree more. A lot of Protestants get so hung up on the canon that they ignore other invaluable early
Update: Doh! The early writings we're talking about are Jewish writings, of course. Read by early Christians.