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Shawn wrote:

Hi, guys —

You have a wonderful database of answers, but could not find a web posting specifically geared to answer my question. In the New Testament, neither Jesus, nor any of the disciples, including Paul, mentioned anything about the Apocrypha. There is nothing blatantly said about it in the Scriptures.

  • That said, why does the Catholic Church include the Apocrypha in the Bible?

Thank you for your time and God Bless you.

Shawn

  { Why does the Catholic Church include the Apocrypha in the Bible? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Shawn —

You said:
That said, why does the Catholic Church include the Apocrypha in the Bible?

Because it has always been part of the Bible.

I sense you have been going to a Protestant Bible Study.

Catholics don't refer to these books as the Apocrypha but the Deuterocanonical books.

These postings provide the best answer to your question:

Remember, my friend, when you attend a Protestant Bible Study, the underlying assumption is that Catholic teachings are incorrect, if not demonic.

Mike

Eric replied:

Shawn —

There are multiple references between the Deuterocanonical books (what you call the Apocrypha) and the New Testament. Please check out these links. Note that the Golden Rule which Jesus cites — "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." — is almost a direct quote from
Tobit 4:15. Wisdom 2:12-20 is a stunning and detailed prophecy of Jesus's death.

Hebrews 11:35-38, part of a series extolling Old Testament saints, is only found in
2 Maccabees 6:18 — 7:42.

Here are some other points of contact:

Romans 1:20-29 Wisdom 13:5, 8, 14:24, 27
Romans 9:20-23 Wisdom 12:12, 20, 15:7
2 Corinthians 5:1, 4 Wisdom 9:15
James 1:13 15:11-12
James 1:19 5:11
Hebrews 11:3 2 Maccabees 7:28
Hebrews 11:4-40 44:1 — 50:24
1 John 1:1-3 Baruch 3:36-38
Wisdom 2:18 Matthew 27:39-43

There are more, that is just a few.

  • The Assyrian Church of the East
  • the Syrian Orthodox
  • the Armenian Apostolic
  • the Eastern Orthodox, and
  • even the Ethiopian Jews (except for Ecclesiasticus)

accept these books into their canon, so this is not a recent Catholic innovation. All of ancient Christianity testifies to these books — except perhaps for a single irascible individual, Jerome, who opposed absolutely everyone and was influenced by the Jews who had rejected Christ, who was prophesied very strongly in these books. They are listed in the same early lists of the canon from which we get the current New Testament in the Councils of Hippo and Carthage; the Decree of Damasus.

A good book on this topic, which you should read with an open mind, if you are in any way open to the truth, is Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger by Gary Michuta. This will cover everything that needs to be covered.

In addition to the links Mike provided in his reply, try these:

Here are some more references (quite overwhelming) to the Deuterocanonicals in the New Testament:

Eric

Shawn replied:

Thank you so much!!!

That was a huge help, you all are awesome.

Blessings,

Shawn

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