02.02.07 Deuterocanonical Books

Bill Heinrich  -  Jan 18, 2016  -  Comments Off on 02.02.07 Deuterocanonical Books

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.[1] The term means second canon, and some books in this category are also found in other classifications and with other titles.[2]  For example,

  1. 1st Esdras is a/k/a 3rd Ezra
  1. 2nd Esdras is a/k/a 4th Ezra[3]
  1. Ecclesiasticus is a/k/a Jesus, ben Sirach, Ben Sirach, The Wisdom of Jesus, the Son of Sirach, or just Sirach.[4]
  1. The Assumption of Moses is a/k/a the Testament of Moses[5]


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.


[1]. House, Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament. 84.

[2]. Fischer, The Gospels in Their Jewish Context. (Lecture on CD/MP3). Week 6, Session 1.


[3]. 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.


[4]. This book was written approximately 100-50 B.C. and resembles the book of Proverbs.


[5]. 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.


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