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The Apocrypha

The Apocrypha

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The unbiblical Apocrypha is exposed for all to see.
The unbiblical Apocrypha is exposed for all to see.

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"Now we have received. not the spirit of the world, but thespirit which is of God: that we might know the things thatare freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak,not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which theHoly Ghost teacheth" (1 Corinthians 2: 12-131)
The Apocrypha Exposed
The word "apocrypha" (
απόκρυφα
) means "Hidden." The Apocrypha is a group of literature are blatantly unbiblical and still the Roman Catholic Church supports it. Onereason that they do support it is because the Apocrypha advances some of the dogma of Romanism. The Council of Trent in April 8, 1546 of the 4
th
Session calls us anathema (ordamned to Hell) for rejecting the Apocrypha books. The Council of Trent haven’t beenrejected by the Papacy at all. Now in 2009, the books of the Apocrypha are going to beexposed by me like many others have done in times past. The Aporcypha include justspurious and uninspired books. The Roman Catholic Apocrypha books include Tobit,Judith, Wisdom, Eccelesiasticus, Baruch, First and Second Macabees, Sussana, andAdditions to Esther plus Daniel. Even the Vatican rejects the First and Second Esdras andthe Prayer of Manasses. The Apocrypha is found in the Codex Sinaiticus (Aleph) andother pro-Roman Catholic scripts. Here’s some information about the Apocrypha:
 
 
-Neither Jesus nor any of the NT writers ever once quoted from the Apocrypha. Thereare 263 quotations and 370 references to the OT in the NT and not one of them refers tothe Apocrypha. The Lord Jesus Christ referred to Scriptures in the OT in Luke 24:44 as :
"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I wasyet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
The RCC herself acknowledges that the Jews did not accept the Apocrypha, for it was not a part of theHebrew canon. The Roman army destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 A.D. This was afullfillment of prophecy from Jesus Christ that the Temple would be gone. The system of sacrificial rituals ended. So, in 90 A.D. The Council of Jamnia never including a book from the Apocrypha at all. Jewish leaders met in Jamnia in order to identify and fix up theJewish canon. A respected Catholic source informs:
"For the Old Testament, however, Protestants follow the Jewish canon; theyhave only the Old Testament books that are in the Hebrew Bible." ("NewCatholic Encyclopedia," Vol. II, 'Canon, Biblical' (Washington D.C.:Catholic University, 1967), p. 29) Another source confirms this reality:"Unlike the books of the Old Testament, which are in Hebrew, with some portionsin Aramaic, the apocryphal productions are in Greek ... The Jewish Churchconsidered them uninspired, and some of their writers disclaim inspiration,(prologue to Ecclesiasticus; 11 Macc.2:23; 15:38). The Apocrypha andPseudopigrapha were produced between about 250 B.C. and somewhere in the earlyChristian centuries. They are not found in the Hebrew canon: they are never quotedby Jesus; and it cannot with certainty be affirmed that the apostles ever directlyallude to them ..." (Davis, John D. and Henry Snyder Gehman: The WestminsterDictionary of the Bible; Philadelphia: Westminster Press (1944), p. 33)
 -Josephus in the 1
st
Century A.D., was a Jewish historian. He was so often cited byRoman apologists and was quite explicit that the Hebrew canon included 22 books, noneof which were apocryphal (This is from the source of Wm. Whistom, Trans, “Josephus,”Grand Rapids, Kregel, 1960, Against Apion, 1.8, pg. 609).-Cyril of Jerusalem (who was born in ca. 315 A.D.) catalogued the canonical OT books.His lists don’t list the Apocrypha in his catechumens lectures.-The earliest list of the OT by a patriarch was by Melito of Sardis (in died in ca. 180A.D.). His list of 22 OT book concurs with Josephus. Origen also list 22 OT books,which are not apocryphal, but are apart of the Hebrew canon. Others of the early churchpatriarchs who agreed with Josephus to the composition of the 22 book Hebrew canon(omitting the Apocrypha) were Epiphanus, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzen, andHillary of Poitiers.
 
 
-Athanasius didn’t include the Apocrypha as apart of the OT canon. In a letter,Athanasius listed the 22 OT books and the 27 canonical books of the NT. Athanasiusclearly declared that the canonical Scriptures alone were to be used for determiningdoctrine, while the Apocrypha were sanctioned for reading only, but were not consideredpart of the canon (The source proving this is Phillip Schaff and Henry Wace’s “Niceneand Post Nicene Fathers,” Second Series, vol. IV, St .Athanasius, Letter 39:7, GrandRapids: Eerdmans, 1953, pg. 552).-Jerome didn’t include the Apocrypha in his Latin translations of the OT, because he saidthat they weren’t apart of the Hebrew canon. He admitted the Apocrypha were useful, butnot authoritative for declaring or confirming doctrine. In a commentary on twoapocryphal books, The Wisdom of Solomon and Ecclesiasticus, Jerome admits to thisinhis own words:
"As, then, the Church reads Judith, Tobit, and the books of the Maccabees, but doesnot admit them among the canonical Scriptures, so let it also read these two volumesfor the edification of the people, not to give authority to doctrines of the Church…Isay this to show you how hard it is to master the book of Daniel, which in theHebrew contains neither the history of Susanna, nor the hymn of the three youths,nor the fables of Bel and the Dragon…"(Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, "Niceneand Post-Nicene Fathers," Second Series, vol. VI, St. Jerome, "Prefaces to Jerome'sWorks, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs, Daniel" (GrandRapids:Eerdmans, 1954), pp. 492-93)
-Not only this, but the sixth article of the
Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England 
 (1571 edition) states:“…In the name of the Holy, we do vnderstande those canonical bookes of the oldeand newe Testament, of whose authoritie was never any doubt in the Churche…”-In 1599, TWELVE YEARS BEFORE the King James Bible was published, King Jamessaid this about the Apocrypha:"As to the Apocriphe bookes, I OMIT THEM because I am no Papist (as I saidbefore)..."King James Charles StewartBasilicon Doron, page 13-The 6
th
article of the 39 Articles of the Church of England (from the 1571 edition) statesthat: “…Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever isnot read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that itshould be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to

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