Included as holy:
1 Esdras is called apocryphal because it is included in the Catholic Old Testament (although not in all versions) but not in the Protestant Old Testament.
1 Esdras also describes the events found in Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah but with variant texts. In this version exists the "Debate of the Three Youths", a Persian story featuring Zerubbabel, a governer under Darius. "He takes part in a debate about the nature of power and uses it to remind Darius of his obligation to allow the rebuilding of the temple."1
The Bible (NIV). The NIV is the best translation for accuracy whilst maintaining readability. Multiple authors, a compendium of multiple previously published books. I prefer to take quotes from the NIV but where I quote the Bible en masse I must quote from the KJV because it is not copyrighted, whilst the NIV is. Book Review.
(1997) Bible Facts. Hardback book. Originally published 1990. Current version published by Grange Books, London.