Monday, November 9, 2015

The Deuterocanon by Dr. Wil Gafney

One of the most gifted and brilliant Bible scholars in our Church, the Episcopal Church, on the status Deuterocanonical Books of the Bible...isn't it typical, that it was an American, who thought he could shorten the Bible...
 
"The Protestant Bible is the shortest and newest of Christian bibles and used by the fewest number of Christians around the world, yet its adherents – particularly in the American context – are the loudest. Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Episcopal bibles like the original 1611 King James Version of the bible, Martin Luther's revolutionary translation and the earliest manuscript with both testaments, Codex Sinaticus, have 72 to 80 books or more and are read by the vast majority of Christians on the planet, more than a billion and a half people. There is perhaps the most diversity among the Orthodox with Ethiopian Orthodox including Jubilees and the Books of Enoch and some Slav churches including all four Esdrases. There are 29,474 verses in longer versions of the First Testament, including the Deutero-canonical (or Apocryphal Books). Many are unaware that the shorter Protestant bible was created in the new America, during the revolutionary war when a printer took it upon himself without the authority of a church council to print a bible whose contents he chose. That bible, The Aitken Bible is also significant for having been printed with the authority of the Continental Congress."


- Dr. Wil Gafney

http://www.wilgafney.com/2013/03/17/jesus-bible-and-the-history-channels-bible/

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