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What are the books that Protestant bibles do not have? By what authority do they reject these books?

 

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Typically, Protestants 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 Septuagint). 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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