5 Myths about the 7 Deuterocanonical Books of the Christian Bible

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Check out this great and informative article about the Deuterocanonical books of the Bible. This is written from a Catholic perspective but nonetheless makes some very important points about the development of the Christian Biblical Canon.

5 Myths about 7 Books

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to 5 Myths about the 7 Deuterocanonical Books of the Christian Bible

  1. Wow, that is a lot of scholarship and interpretation. 😀

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  2. Laura says:

    James, I appreciated this. I actually thought I left a comment here on your blog, but somehow (?) I left it on the other site. Here is what I said: I’ve encountered “extreme” views on the deuterocanonical books by “both sides.” I think what it comes down to is that this is history, and there is a subjectivity to history, and what happened can be interpreted in different ways. It is easy to twist what someone said, or overemphasize a certain aspect, etc. Just my general thoughts and two cents! : )

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  3. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Yeah, I appreciate those points. The article, unfortunately, did not discuss Josephus’ reference to the twenty-two books in the Temple, or one of the Maccabees books’ statement that prophecy had ceased. Probably the best that can be said is that different communities had different canons.

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