Archive for May 30th, 2009

Good Enough for Jesus

May 30, 2009

The Catholic Old Testament and the Protestant Old Testament do not contain the same number of books.   The Catholic version contains the Apocrypha, seven books that were written in the time period after the book of Malachi was written.  The early church adopted the Septuagint, a Greek version of the Hebrew scriptures that was widely used during the time of Christ, likely the version used by Jesus and the apostle’s.

In the second century Jewish leaders reviewed the collection of scriptures that they accepted as fully inspired by God and decided to cut off the official canon at Malachi.  After sixteen hundred years of use by the Christian church, Protestant reformers decided that they would go with the canon of scripture adopted by Jewish leaders in the second century.  At first, the Apocrypha was included in some printings, but it has slowly faded from most editions used by Protestants. 

I think that is a shame.  The scriptures of the Old Testament, including the Apocrypha, were good enough for Jesus, the apostle’s, and for sixteen hundred years of church history.  The next Bible that I buy will include the Apocrypha.  It was good enough for Jesus, that is good enough for me.