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The Apocrypha

The term Apocrypha refers to books which have been omitted from the canon of Scriptures. These 14 or 15 books which the Roman Catholic church adds to the Bible and pronounces as "equally inspired and authoritative" are not included in the Protestant version of the Bible.

There are many reasons why they have not been placed in the Bible. Let me give you one or two reasons. There is no record that Christ or any of the apostles ever quoted from the Apocryphal books or that they ever made any reference to them, although they undoubtedly knew of them. In the New Testament there are about 260 direct quotations from passages in the Old Testament; yet among these there is not a single reference to the Apocryphal writings.

Also, biblical scholars feel that they are many errors historically in the Apocrypha.

Catholicism teaches that Scripture involves more than the canon accepted by the Jews, Jesus, and the Church of the first four centuries, i.e., the 39 books of the Protestant Old Testament. It adds new portions to the books of Esther and Daniel plus seven book, which were written between the Testaments: Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Ben Sirach (also called Eccelsiasticus), Baruch, and Wisdom. The Catholic Church refers to these extra books as "deuterocanoncial works"--those that are canonical or scriptural for Catholics but which were never part of the Jewish Bible.

The Apocrypha undermines a doctrine of inerrancy because these books contain historical and other errors. Thus, if the Apocrypha is considered Scripture, this identifies error with God's Word. This is why neither the Jews, Jesus, the apostles, nor most of the early Church fathers ever accepted the Apocrypha as Scripture.

Biblical scholar Dr. Rene Pache comments, "Except for certain interesting historical information (especially in 1 Maccabees) and a few beautiful moral thoughts (e.g., Wisdom of Solomon), these books contain absurd legends and platitudes, and historical, geographical and chronological errors, as well as manifestly heretical doctrines; they even recommend immoral acts (Judith (9:10,13)." Errors in the Apocrypha are frequently pointed out in standard works. For example,

Tobit...contains certain historical and geographical errors such as the assumption that Sennacherib was the son of Shalmaneser (1:15) instead of Sargon II, and that Nineveh was captured by Nebuchadnezzar and Ahasuerus (14:5) instead of by Nabopolassar and Cyaxares....Judith cannot possibly be historical because of the glaring errors it contains...[In 2 Maccabees] there are also numerous disarrangements and discrepancies in chronological, historical, and numerical matters in the book, reflecting ignorance or confusion.... (Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Vol. 1, 207-210; cf., the discussion in Geisler and Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible, pp. 167-177 and Encyclopedia Britannica, Macropaedia, Vol. 2, 932ff. )

 

For 1,500 years no Roman Catholic was required to believe that the Apocrypha was Scripture, until the council of Trent made its fateful decree. (See Bernard Ramm, Protestant Christian Evidences (Chicago, IL: Mood Press, 1971), p. 20.) Unfortunately, the Council adopted its position "for reasons of expediency rather than evidence." (R. Laird Harris, Inspiration and Canonicity: An Historical and Exegetical Study (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1973), p. 193) Thus, it was "unmindful of evidence, of former popes and scholars, of the Fathers of the church and the witness of Christ and the apostles" in making its decision to include the Apocrypha as Scripture. (Ibid., p. 192.)

Dr. Pache points out that one of the reasons Trent accepted the Apocrypha was merely in response to the arguments of the Reformers who were attempting to defend the principle of "sola scriptura"--that the Bible alone is the believer's authority.

Why, then, did Rome take so new and daring a position? Because, confronted by the Reformers, she lacked arguments to justify her unscriptural deviations. She declared that the Apocryphal books supported such doctrines as prayers for dead (II Maccabees 12:44); the expiatory sacrifice (eventually to become the Mass, II Maccabees 12:39-46); alms giving with expiatory value, also leading to deliverance from death (Tobit 12:9, 4:10); invocation and intercession of the saints (II Maccabees 15:14; Bar. 3:4); the worship of angels (Tobit 12:12); purgatory; and the redemption of souls after death (II Maccabees 12:42, 46). (Pache, Inspiration and Authority, p. 173)

 

In conclusion, by adding the errant Apocrypha to the canon, the Catholic Church has effectively undermined the inerrancy and authority of the Bible.

     

 

 


 

 

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