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Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Those who give alms will enjoy a full life Tobit So now, my children see what almsgiving accomplishes, and what injustice does it brings death! Tobit Was not Abraham found faithful when tested, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness First Maccabees The Bible, on the other hand, says that a person is saved by grace through faith.

It is not based upon our good works. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast Ephesians , 9. The doctrine of purgatory - a place of purging between heaven and hell - is taught in the Apocrypha. It says. So they all blessed the ways of the Lord, the righteous judge, who reveals the things that are hidden; and they turned to supplication, praying that the sin that had been committed might be wholly blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened as the result of the sin of those who had fallen.

He also took up a collection, man by man, to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver, and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin offering. In doing this he acted very well and honorably, taking account of the resurrection. For if he were not expecting that those who had fallen would rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he was looking to the splendid reward that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.

Therefore he made atonement for the dead, so that they might be delivered from their sin Second Maccabees The Bible teaches that, upon death, one either goes to be with the Lord or is sent away from Him - there is no middle place. The writer to the Hebrews stated.

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment Hebrews O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, hear now the prayer of the dead of Israel, the children of those who sinned before you, who did not heed the voice of the Lord their God, so that calamities have clung to us Baruch The dead do not pray for the living. Only the living upon the earth pray for the other living ones on the earth.

As a child I was naturally gifted, and a good soul fell to my lot; or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body Wisdom , For your all-powerful hand, which created the world out of formless matter, did not lack the means to send upon them a multitude of bears, or bold lions Wisdom By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible Hebrews For a perishable body weighs down the soul, and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind Wisdom Though the New Testament cites directly, or alludes to, almost every book of the Old Testament as Scripture, it never cites the Apocrypha as being God's Word.

The Apocrypha was not the Bible of Jesus or His apostles. While Jesus and Hs apostles often quoted from the Septuagint, they never quoted from the Apocrypha. While there may be some allusions to the apocryphal books by New Testament writers there is no direct quote from them. An allusion is not the same as a direct quote. In addition, no New Testament writer ever refers to any of these books as authoritative.

Quotes from the accepted books are usually introduced by the phrase, "It is written," or the passage is quoted to prove a point.

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But never do the New Testament writers quote the Apocrypha in this way. Add to this, there are certain books that both Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church reject as Scripture that are actually cited in the New Testament. Jude cites the apocryphal book of Enoch.

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Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him" Jude 14 , Paul cites the name of the magicians of Pharaoh who opposed Moses. These names are not mentioned in the Old Testament. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth - men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected 2 Timothy If the writers of the New Testament considered the Apocrypha to be Scripture, we would certainly expect them to refer to it in some way.

However we find no direct quotations. This is in contrast to over quotations from the authoritative Old Testament Scriptures. The fact that the present canon was repeatedly quoted as being divinely authoritative as well as the absence of any direct quote is another indication of the extent of the canon - it did not include the Apocrypha. The Jews have never considered these works to be divinely inspired. On the contrary, they denied their authority.

At the time of Christ we have the testimony of the Jewish writer Flavius Josephus that they were only twenty-two books divinely inspired by God. These books are the same as our thirty-nine in the Old Testament. The books of the Apocrypha were not among these. The same testimony is found in Second Esdras - the Ezra legend. This work was written in A. Therefore these books were never part of the Hebrew canon of Scripture. The books of the Apocrypha were written during the four hundred silent years between the Book of Malachi and the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist.

Jewish and New Testament sources both agree that no divinely inspired prophetic utterance occurred during this time. The fact that the Apocrypha is found in the Septuagint translation does not prove anything. It merely testifies that the Alexandrian Jews translated other religious material into Greek apart from the Old Testament Scripture. A Greek translation is not the same thing as a book being part of the Hebrew canon. There is no evidence that the books of the Apocrypha were in the Septuagint as early as the time of Christ. The earliest manuscripts that contain them date back to the fourth century A.

This does not demonstrate that the books of the Apocrypha were part of the Septuagint in pre-Christian times.

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Even if they were in the Septuagint at this early date, it is noteworthy that neither Christ nor the apostles ever quoted from them as they did with most of the Old Testament books. In addition, books were merely translated in Alexandria, Egypt - they were not canonized there.

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There is no clear answer as to what they first century Septuagint contained. The fourth or fifth century Greek manuscripts, in which the Apocrypha appears, have no consistency with the number of books or their order. It has been argued that the canon of the Alexandrian Jews was larger than the present Hebrew Old Testament.

However, there is no evidence that the Jews in Alexandria, Egypt had a wider canon than the Jews living in Israel. Philo of Alexandria, who lived in the first century A. He acknowledged the Jews believed in the divine authority of the Hebrew canon. However, he gave no indication that there was a wider canon used by the Jews living in Egypt.

From Philo we find that the canon in Alexandria, Egypt was the same as in Palestine. He knows the threefold division of the Old Testament as ascribes divine inspiration to many of the books. In addition, he says nothing about the Apocrypha.


Consequently there is no evidence anywhere that the Alexandrian Jews accepted the Apocrypha as Holy Scripture. It must be remembered that it was not the Jews in Egypt but rather some of the Greek-speaking Christians who gave some measure of authoritative status to certain of these books translated with the Septuagint plus.

To the Jews, these books were never considered divinely inspired Scripture. In the early years of the church it drew up various lists of the books it considered to be Old Testament Scripture. The books of the Apocrypha do not appear on any list until late in the fourth century. This demonstrates the acceptance of these writings was not immediate. The earliest existing list of the Old Testament canon comes from a man named Melito, a bishop of Sardis. In approximately A. When I came to the east and reached the place where these things were preached and done, and learned accurately the books of the Old Testament, I set down the facts and sent them to you.

This list of Melito is highly instructive. He includes all the books of the present canon except Esther. The reference to the four books of the kingdom would be 1,2 Samuel and 1,2 Kings. Ezra was the common way to refer to Ezra-Nehemiah. Wisdom was merely a fuller description of the Book of Proverbs - not the Apocryphal book by that name.

Among ancient writers Proverbs was often called Wisdom. While including all of the books of the present Old Testament canon except Esther Melito nowhere mentions any of the books of the Apocrypha. While a few of the early leaders of the church accepted some of the books of Apocrypha as Scripture, most of the great church leaders did not-Athanasius, Origen, and Jerome, to name a few.

Many great church leaders spoke out against the Apocrypha. Those who do cite the Apocrypha as Scripture were few in number. It is also worth noting that none of the church fathers that quoted the Apocrypha as Scripture knew any Hebrew. In this letter he affirmed all the books of the present Old Testament canon except Esther as well as all the books of the present New Testament canon.

get link He also mentioned some of the books of the Apocrypha. Of those he said. This is another ancient and powerful testimony that the books of the Apocrypha were not considered to be Holy Scripture. The Church Fathers do not restrict themselves to the books that now make up the Apocrypha. Irenaeus cited the Book of Wisdom as being divinely inspired. Therefore appeal to the church fathers cannot settle the matter, seeing that they give conflicting evidence.

The fact that some of the books from the Apocrypha are found in early Greek manuscripts of the Bible is not decisive.