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Posted on 03/04/2010 9:00:38 PM PST by Salvation
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Comparison of Terms for Disputed Books
|Protestant Christian||Catholic Christian|
|"apocryphal" books||"deuterocanonical" books|
|Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)||Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)|
|Wisdom of Solomon||Wisdom of Solomon|
|Greek Esther (Esther 10:4-10)||Greek Esther|
|Greek Daniel||Greek Daniel|
|Song of the Three Young Men, Dan 3:24-90;|
|Susanna, Dan 13;|
|Bel and the Dragon, Dan 14|
|1 Maccabees||1 Maccabees|
|2 Maccabees||2 Maccabees|
|Prayer of Manasseh|
Protestant Christian"pseudepigrapha" books
Catholic Christian"apocryphal" books
Old Testament works
Enoch Literature; Esdras Literature (1-2 Esdras); Baruch Literature (2-3 Baruch);
Psalms of Solomon; Testaments of the Twelve Apostles; Sibylline Oracles;
Letter of Aristeus to Philocrates; Assumption of Moses;
Maccabean Literature (3-4 Maccabees); Prayer of Manasseh
New Testament works
Didache; Apocalypses of Peter, Paul, Thomas; 1-2 Clement;
Gospels of Thomas, Philip, Peter, Hebrews; Hermas;
Acts of Pilate; Barnabas; Protoevangelium of James;
To the Laodiceans; Various Papyruses; To Seneca;
Epistola Apostolorum; Acts of John, Paul, Andrew, Thomas.
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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Jesus preached an end-times kingdom but one already existing on earth
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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ called and founded an exclusive, inner core group of twelve men called the "apostles."
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ committed His very mission to this twelve man inner core group, his Apostles, alone.
Christ gave to the Twelve, the Apostles, the power of ruling, teaching and sanctifying.
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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ instituted only one church, and that society was both formally and specifically a visible one.
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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Comparison of Terms for Disputed Books
The key point is the terminology
Thanks for the ping. Is the distinction you're highlighting that "apocrypha" means uninspired and "deuterocanonical" means inspired?
If so, then one thing I still do not understand is how the Catholic Church explains that it has not added to scripture. Deuterocanonical appears to mean "second canon", and it seems that it took over one thousand years to establish this second canon after the first canon was closed. If so, is a third or fourth canon possibly to come (within the realm of theoretical possibility) that will also be considered inspired? Does the Magisterium have the theoretical power to do such if it was in agreement? I am thinking of books that are now considered apocrypha by Catholics, but may gain more favor in the future, or to theoretically yet undiscovered books which (would) appear to have a similar pedigree to books in the canon now.
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