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Should the Apocrypha be in Our Bibles?

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I say yes. 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

But we should

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

(1 Thessalonians 5:21)

They always have been...


Great rendition of History of the scriptures


Henri Orquera said:

Apocryphas were integral part of Scriptures at the time of Jesus and the Apostles.

After the destruction of the Temple, in Yavne around year 90, the Jewish Akhamim, which established the new Judaism, decided an official list of the books to keep on, and decided to burn all the other ones, including what we consider today as Apocryphas, along with Hebrew Matthew Gospel and other Jewish books.

But the Jews in Alexandria did not destroyed the Greek translations of these books.

The Western historical Churches (which became later Catholics and Orthodoxes) took all the Scripture books of the Jews of Alexandria, yet translated in Greek. This set included what we name the "Apocryphas" which were part of the Scriptures in Alexandria.

1000 years later, Protestant Churches selected the books to include in their Bible, and declared the other ones as "Apocryphas", a fancy word for Catholics which only consider as apocryphas later books as Acts of Peter, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judah, etc.

 

Now, when we consider the "Apocryphas" (in the Protestant point of view), we see books of less importance.

Catholic Church, for instance, considers these books as Bible but use them very few. In liturgy, only a little part of Ben Sirach is used 1 or 2 sundays every 4 years.

 

For me, I am sorry people don't know 1st Maccabees, which is an important historical book in which we found many things to rightly understand the Gospels.

For instance, 1st Maccabees tells:

-Who are "THE JEWS" in John Gospel language: the sons of those who resisted the forced Greek civilisation, only speaking Hebrew when everybody was forced to speak Greek, circumcising thier sons when it was prohibited, etc.

150 years later, the descendants of those JEWS used to consider them as the only very plain JEWS, whithout any mixing in their origins with foreign gods. They formed a sort of political Nationalist Party Of True JEWS, with some pride against others considered as questionable Jews.

-Who are the PERUSHIM: those who considered enough to have liberated the Temple, and separated (Hebrew PARASH) from the Zelots who would continue the war against occupiers to deliver all the country.

PERUSHIM concentrated on religion and Zelots on politics.

Yes, indeed! It's obvious that the Apostles taught much from the Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs! Shalom!

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