- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: The Grotto Press; 1ST edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581880103
- ISBN-13: 978-1581880106
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The problem is compounded by the fact that Protestant bibles used to contain these same texts. "Before 1599 nearly all Protestant bibles included the Deuterocanonical books...It was not until the middle of the 17th century that the tide began to turn" (p 245) and the texts were removed. Michurta sets out to explain how, and why, this came about.
The ancient Jews did not develop a canon before Christ died. "Judaism was comprised of as many as twenty-four distinct parties...and each...had its own distinctive theology and preferences in matters of canonicity" (p 13).
One fact Michurta proves is that the early Christians used the Deuteros frequently. There are quotations from the Deuteros in Luke, Revelation, Matthew, Romans, Hebrews, and James. In addition, 1 Clement, Barnabas, Polycarp, Hermas, the Didache, and many more used portions of the Deuteros.
So how and when did the number of Jewish texts begin to differ from those of the early Christians? Michuta provides an in-depth discussion of how the canon was chosen, for both the Jews and the Christians, regarding the Deuteroes. He lists all the councils where they were discussed, as well as all the early fathers who quoted from the Deuteroes.
This is an outstanding book. Yes, you need it in your library.
Mr. Michuta begins this study with the Protestant assertion that the new testament writers did not consider the deuterocanonical books as canonical. With a dizzying array of new testament to deuterocanonical parallels, he buries that assertion under the tremendous weight of evidence to the contrary. He proceeds then to bury the claim that the apostolic, ante-Nicene, and early church fathers did not consider these books canonical - and again Mr. Michuta provides a plethora of evidence to the contrary. In the process of providing the historical evidence to bury the Protestant position, Mr. Michuta gives us some insight through the effect of the second Jewish rebellion and anti-Christian bias on the development of the Jewish canon on which Protestants base their own canon. It is a damning indictment indeed that the Protestant canon would be based on the work of enemies of the faith.
But Mr. Michuta is not finished with this dark history of the Protestant rejection of the very scripture they would claim to venerate. He continues with the influence of Jerome's "Hebrew veritas" and why it was rejected by the church. Then he proceeds to challenge the Protestant apparent belief in the infallibility of Jerome above the church. He also provides us with the summary of Martin Luther's test - simply stated, only books that support Martin Luther's theology were accepted by Martin Luther.Read more ›
The facts are devastating to the Protestant case, which has been held as the conventional wisdom in the English-speaking Christian world, including among Catholics.
The following chain of facts was especially enlightening, as it shows the origin of the Deuterocanon being 'questionable':
* At the time of the Apostles, there exist various Jewish sects (Sadducees, Pharisees, and many others) most of whom have very sharp theological disagreements.
* There is no defined Jewish canon at this time, but many accept the Deuterocanon via the Greek Septuagint, which had been around for close to 2 centuries and held in great respect. Both Philo and Josephus ascribed divine inspiration to its authors.
* The Dead Sea Scrolls testify to Deuterocanon books in Hebrew intermixed with the Protocanon.
* During the Second Jewish Revolt (A.D. 132-135) Christians (then still considered a Jewish sect) were pressured by Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph to renounce Jesus, join the revolt, and accept Bar Cochba as the Messiah.
* Christians refused this apostasy and were treated by Jews as heretics and traitors.Read more ›
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As a Baptist I found this book very enlightening and full of good information. Very scholarly. Well presented and defensiblePublished 25 days ago by Pam
very scholarly. It does have a Catholic slant, but it is well documented and supportive.Published 10 months ago by Richard Vogel
Well-reseached. A lot of history. Sadly, most of it went over my head as I am just an average reader. Many of the names mentioned were unfamiliar to me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Let's Read
A lot more to subject than I ever thought. Thanks to the author for putting this book together. Worth the read.Published 21 months ago by Edward J Golesh
The title of the book caught my attention. I think this was likely a well reached book. However, it sees a bit heavy and over the top for the average and casual reader. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joseph