Faith/Spirituality Forum: Deutero-Canonicals

Deutero-Canonicals QUESTION from Tina on June 26, 2002 What are the books in the Deutero-Canonicals of the Bible?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on July 6, 2002 Dear Miss Tina:
The Deutero-canonical books are:
1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Tobit Judith Sirach Wisdom Baruch parts of Daniel and Esther
These books were found in the Septuagint (Greek version of the Old Testament) and were accepted as part of the Bible by the Church from the beginning.
The Old Testament that Jesus read and loved included these Deutero-canonical books. The New Testament writers quote from or refer to the deutero-canonical books more than 300 times in the New Testament.
There was very little dispute over these books being part of the canon of Scripture until Martin Luther and the Protestant Revolution. Martin Luther ripped out these books from the Old Testament and wanted to rip out the books of James, Hebrews, and Revelations from the New Testament. Protestants today do not consider these books to be part of Scripture.
Bottom line: If these books were good enough for Jesus, they are good enough for the rest of us :)
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