Another question about the deuterocanon

Another question about the deuterocanon September 26, 2014

A reader writes:

I have read your article on deuterocanonical books, your reasons on why they should be included in the bible. Can you provide a simplified version of that writing?

Sure. Because the Church in union with Peter, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15) granted authority by Christ to loose and bind (Matthew 16:19), says they should be.


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  • Joseph

    … and they were *removed* from the canon by Luther et al when the Protestant bible was created about a century later, *not added* by the Catholic Church… a common misconception of history by evangelicals.

  • jaybird1951

    They were part of the Septuagint, the Greek version of Jewish scriptures in use at the time of Christ. I believe that there are a couple places in the Gospels where Christ shows knowledge of passages in what is now called the Apocrypha. The Christian church adopted the Jewish canon in use throughout the Empire. It was Jewish leaders who removed them from the canon around the year 100 because they had been composed in Greek rather than Hebrew and were being used by the Christians. Martin Luther used that as his excuse to remove them but he likely was motivated by the evidence for prayers for the dead in the Book of Maccabees.

    • HornOrSilk

      Actually, many of them were originally in Hebrew, and we have found the Hebrew for some of them. What is more interesting is without them (the Maccs), Jesus would be celebrating a festival in the Gospels which has a non-canonical source, which would oddly put sola scriptura Protestants even more into a tight corner!

      • Alma Peregrina

        Hum… which festival are you talking about? (real curiosity here)

        • HornOrSilk

          John 10:22 Festival of Dedication (Hanukkah )

          • Alma Peregrina

            Thanks. That’s a nice catch against Sola Scriptura. 🙂

            • HornOrSilk

              YW. It only works if someone is sola scriptura and anti-deuterocanon, but most who are sola scriptura are!

      • David Vun Kannon

        Nothing wrong with Jesus celebrating Hanukkah, and it not being in the canon. All Jews are in that position!

        • HornOrSilk

          But Jews are not fundamentalists with sola scriptura mentality.