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Books of the Bible Rejected by Protestants
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Question / Issue:
What are the
books that Protestant bibles do not have? By what authority do they reject
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may reject the following books of Holy Scripture (the
Deuterocanonicals): Tobias (Tobit), Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach),
Baruch, 1 Machabees (1 Maccabees), and 2 Machabees (2 Maccabees), as well as
parts of Esther and parts of Daniel [specifically: "Esther 10: 4-16: 24, and
Daniel 3: 24-90; 13: 1-14: 42" (Catholic Encyclopedia)]. Note that some
Protestant 'bibles' may contain these books (or may relegate them to the back or
otherwise segregate them). Some heretics (e.g. Martin Luther) wanted to remove
even more books (including the Epistle of St. James and the Apocalypse/Revelation). Those
who reject the Church's canon of Scripture and remove any books of the Bible do so on their
own 'authority', possibly basing their actions on the fact that Jews after
Christ's death rejected these books. Remember, however, that
Jesus and the
Apostles accepted the deuterocanonical books since they quoted from a
translation of Scripture that contained these books (the
Furthermore, note that those who reject books of the Bible are under anathema
from the First Vatican Council...
"If anyone does
not admit as sacred and canonical the complete books of Sacred Scripture with
all their parts, as the holy Council of Trent enumerated them, or denies that
they were divinely inspired: let him be anathema."
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