Is the Apocrypha inspired revelation?

tomgroeneman's picture

According to the first completed Canon of Scripture at the Council of Carthage in AD 419, the apocryphal books were adopted as biblical. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.xv.iv.iv.xxv.html Why do not the protestant Churches consider them scriptural? Most contemporary Bibles exclude the apocryphal books but even the original King James Version included them. Are they any less inspired than the other books of the Bible?

Panoramicromantic's picture

Apocrypha inspired?

I am probably one of the few Protestants who think that the apocrypha is inspired but I won't quote from it when debating with other Protestants. I think the Septuagint is inspired too. One of my major complaints of Luther (whom I admire greatly) was his meddling with the canon. In some of his writings he did quote from the apocrypha occasionally which is somewhat odd that he later rejected it. Of course Calvin and the Anglican church followed suit in this meddling.
The early Anabaptists quoted from it and of course all of the early church fathers quoted from it and considered it inspired. I would like to know the reasons a Christian would reject it's inspiration. The "no New Testament writer quotes from it" does not hold up -given
1) there are a number of books of the OT that are not quoted in the NT.
2) there are many obvious parallels between the apocrypha and the NT and
3) Jude quotes 1 Enoch 1:9 in Jude 1:14-16 but that doesn't seem to cause those who reject the inspiration of the apocrypha to think that the Book Of Enoch is inspired.




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