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Apocrypha is primary canon

St. Moses the Black (330-405 CE)
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Protestant Bibles are incomplete. Every Judeo-Christian Bible compiled before Jerome’s Latin Vulgate (405 CE) had the Apocrypha in it, without any “non-canon disclaimers”. These ancient, complete Bibles include the Septuagint, Ethiopian Orthodox, Peshitta and Dead Sea scrolls. Revelation 22:19 warns Christians about removing any verses from their Scriptures. Thomas Jefferson deleted over 980 Bible verses, hence the Jefferson Bible. Examiner Charisse Van Horn wrote a great article on the Apocrypha (March 16, 2012).

Did the Vatican add extra books to the Holy Bible at the Council of Trent in 1545-1563? The answer is no. In fact it was the Protestant churches that deleted some books from the Bible! Protestants have never answered the following question: If the Vatican added extra books to the Bible, after 1545, then how and why did the Orthodox (Greek, Coptic, Ukrainian, Slavonic, Ethiopian) Christian churches have the extra books (Apocrypha) in their Bibles too, before and/or after the Great Schism of 1054?

A brief history of Britain’s most prestigious Bible version should be given. It contradicts the account told to us by our Protestant brethren. When the Authorized King James Version Bible first premiered in 1611, the “extra Apocrypha/deutero-canonical” books were included in all of the Bibles printed. The Apocrypha books (Second Maccabees, Tobit, Sirach, etc.) were sandwiched in between the Old and New Testament's in all of the 1611 editions. 18 years later, and after the death of King James, the Anglican printing presses began to print some KJV Bibles without the Apocrypha because the damned Calvinists requested them! The Calvinists wanted the Authorized King James Version Bible to resemble their unauthorized Geneva Bible. The Calvinist monarch, Oliver Cromwell, briefly ruled England during the 1650s after winning the English Civil War. During the reign of Cromwell the inferior Geneva Bible trumped the better KJV Bible. Cromwell's parliament officially banned Christmas celebrations because Christmas is a winter solstice pagan holiday.

Which version of the Old Testament was quoted from and used by the Apostles of Jesus Christ? The answer is the Septuagint. The Septuagint was written by Hellenistic Jews, in the Koine Greek language, between 299-132 BCE. The original Septuagint was kept in the great library of Alexandria, Egypt. As is explained in the preface of Edgar J. Goodspeed’s The Apocrypha (1959), “But the Apocrypha books were part of the Holy Bible of the early church, for it used the Greek version of the Jewish Bible, which we call the Septuagint, and these books (Second Maccabees, Tobit, etc.) were all in that version. They passed from it into Latin and the great Latin Vulgate Bible edited by St. Jerome about 405 CE which became the Authorized Bible of Western Europe and England for a thousand years. But St. Jerome found that some books were not in the Hebrew Bible, and so he called them the Apocrypha, the hidden or secret books.” Apocrypha means "hidden or secret", not "doubtful authenticity".

Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were written in Greek and the Apocrypha is in the Dead Sea scrolls too. Origen (185 - 254 CE) and St. Augustine of Hippo officially declared the Septuagint and Apocrypha to be completely canonical. The New Testament book of Hebrews 11:35 references 2 Maccabees 7:29; Revelation 1:4 & 8:3-4 reference Tobit 12:15; 1 Corinthians 15:29 references 2 Maccabees 12:44 according to fisheaters.com. The Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, Obadiah, Nahum, and Zephaniah are never quoted in the New Testament, so why are these books counted as canon?

Jewish History professor Heinrich Graetz stated, "The Jews did not begin to canonize the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) until the Council of Jamnia in 90 CE by which time the Apostles of Jesus of Nazareth had already transferred all of their Old Testament books, which included the Apocrypha books of Second Maccabees, Tobit, etc., into Christianity. After 185 CE the Jews began to write down the Talmud and relegate the Old Testament to secondary status." There were no Christians at the Council of Jamnia. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible by James Stuart Bell & Stan Campbell, Origen by Joseph Trigg, God’s Secretaries by Adam Nicolson and the website fisheaters.com go into further detail on the Apocrypha, Septuagint, and the original 1611 KJV Bible.

It is ironic that Protestants, who rely so heavily on Sola Scriptura, have been using an incomplete Bible for hundreds of years. Not only are Protestant bibles incomplete but their Old Testaments are flawed because they rebuke the Greek Septuagint in favor of the Hebrew Old Testament. But it was the Septuagint that was the primary Bible of the Apostles of Jesus Christ! Hanukkah is mentioned in 1 Maccabees 4:59. Ignore the propaganda coming from Ken Ham's AIG, Ray Comfort, Jack Chick, and Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM). In 2009, GA politicians Jimmy Carter and Newt Gingrich canceled their memberships in the silly Southern Baptist Convention.