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"Those books of
the O.T. [Old Testament] whose place in the canon was not admitted till after
that of the other books. They are Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus,
Baruch, 1 and 2 Machabees, ver. 4 of chap. x to the end of Esther, and Daniel,
ver. 24 of chap. iii to ver. 3 of chap. iv and chaps. xiii and xiv. Their
authority is equal with that of the other books of the Bible..." (Catholic
It should be noted
that the canon of the Old Testament was not fully settled by the Jews before
Jesus' Incarnation. While some Jews accepted the deuterocanonical books as
inspired, other Jews did not. After Jesus' death, Jews rejected these books.
Therefore, those who reject the deuterocanonical books (e.g. typically
Protestants) actually use a canon of Scripture devised by Jews who reject
Christ. It should be noted that Jesus and the Apostles accepted the
deuterocanonical books since they quoted from a translation of Scripture that
contained these books – therefore Scripture itself validates these books. Also
note that there are so called 'deuterocanonical' books of the New Testament,
simply meaning books that were accepted as inspired at a later time [e.g.
various epistles (Hebrews, James, John, Jude, Peter) and the Apocalypse].
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