Sunshine Blogger Award

Dee from Sixth Seal Ministries has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you, Dee! The rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 4

Today I present my Restored English Translation (RET) of the 4th chapter of the Megillat Ester, commonly known as the Book of Esther.  You'll probably know this as chapter 2, as some sections of the original Book of Esther were removed between the 7th and 11th centuries AD by the Masoretic scribes, and in the … Continue reading Restored English Translation of Esther: Chapter 4

The Canon of Scripture, Part 1: The Apocrypha

J-M's History Corner

The canon of Scripture is a settled issue, isn’t it?  You’ve got your 66 books total, 39 in the Old Testament (24 by the Jewish counting) and 27 in the New Testament.  However, when you do the research, things are not so simple.  There are many “other” books claiming to be Scripture, a number of them accepted by various denominations and/or included in various Bibles over the years.  Are they Scripture?  Or just heretical additions?

The most well-known (and most widely accepted) body of these “extra” works is the Apocrypha (which means “Hidden”).  People disagree as to which books constitute the Apocrypha.  For the purpose of this article, the word refers to the following 18 books:

  • Baruch
  • Letter of Jeremiah
  • Tobit
  • Prayer of Manasseh
  • Psalms 151-160
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Wisdom of Ben Sirach (also known as Ecclesiasticus)
  • “Additions” to Esther
  • Judith
  • Prayer of Azariah
  • Susanna
  • Bel and the Dragon
  • 1…

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