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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 Dictionary).

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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