What are the Apocrypha books?

The Roman Catholic Bibles have books in the Old Testament that are not found in the Protestant Bible. These books are called the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical books. Apocrypha means “hidden,” while the word deuterocanonical means “second canon.”

The Apocrypha / Deuterocanonicals were written during the era between the Old and New Testaments, as well as additions to the books of Esther and Daniel. These books are: 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, the Letter of Jeremiah, Prayer of Manasseh, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees.

The Deuterocanonical books teach many things that are not true and are not historically accurate. While many Catholics accepted these books previously, the Roman Catholic Church officially added the Apocrypha / Deuterocanonicals to their Bible at the Council of Trent in the mid 1500’s A.D., because of the Protestant Reformation.

The Hebrews never accepted these books as part of the Hebrew Bible. And the New Testament writers never quoted from Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical books simply because these books contained many errors.

But the Catholic church included the Apocrypha / Deuterocanonicals because these books support some of the beliefs that it teaches and practices which are not in agreement with the Bible such as praying for the dead, petitioning “saints” in Heaven, worshiping angels, and “alms giving” atoning for sins, purgatory and other un-biblical beliefs.

It is because of the historical and theological errors that the Apocrypha contains that these books must be regarded as fallible and not authoritative as the inspired Word of God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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