02.02.07 Deuterocanonical Books. Those writings are books accepted by the Roman Catholic Church in addition to the thirty-nine Old Testament books. The Deuterocanonical books include some writings classified as Apocryphal books, but not New Testament books. The term means second canon, and some books in this category are also found in other classifications and with other titles. For example,
- 1st Esdras is a/k/a 3rd Ezra
- 2nd Esdras is a/k/a 4th Ezra
- Ecclesiasticus is a/k/a Jesus, ben Sirach, Ben Sirach, The Wisdom of Jesus, the Son of Sirach, or just Sirach.
- The Assumption of Moses is a/k/a the Testament of Moses
Unfortunately, the Deuterocanonical books are generally of little value, but are mentioned here because the serious student will encounter them from time to time, and should be aware of them.
. House, Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament. 84.
. Fischer, The Gospels in Their Jewish Context. (Lecture on CD/MP3). Week 6, Session 1.
. Some scholars believe this book was written in the late first century A.D. and it reflects long-held messianic opinions. See Saperstein, Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History. 103.
. This book was written approximately 100-50 B.C. and resembles the book of Proverbs.
. Some scholars believe this book could have been written during the lifetime of Jesus. However, it appears to be of little academic value. Silver, A History of Messianic Speculation in Israel. Boston: Beacon Hill. 7.