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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    No, because that is not the argument being made. As I mentioned to Theophilos, when the NT quotes a book with a phrase like "it is written," we can be certain that it is quoting it as Scripture. But those that the NT doesn't quote with a phrase like this, we can be certain if it is, if either...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    I'm afraid you aren't understanding the argument, which is not that a book is only Scripture if the NT quotes it. Rather, we know that a book is Scripture if the NT quotes it with phrases like "it is written." There are dozens of books that the NT quotes that are in neither Protestant nor...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    Because the only books FROM the Septuagint that the NT quotes from as Scripture are from the books from the Hebrew Scriptures. IOW, it does not quote from books OUTSIDE of the boundaries of the Hebrew Scriptures as Scripture, such as Sirach, Wisdom, 1 & 2 Maccabees, the Greek additions of...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    Yes, and when it quotes from the Septuagint, it only quotes books - as Scripture - from the books from the boundaries of the Hebrew Bible. The Deuterocanon was in the Septuagint in the days of the apostle Paul & the NT writers.
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    Yes, and all of these are from books from the boundaries of the Hebrew Bible. None from the Deuterocanon.
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    Exactly! That is why Catholics saying the NT alludes to the Deuteros doesn't take into account it also alludes to writings from pagan poets...but neither of these writings as Scripture.
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    I'm afraid you just argued in a circle. Again, the Masoretic texts not quoted in the NT as Scripture were either originally attached to one that was (like Jeremiah), or it was part of the canon of the Jews (like Esther). Again, while the Deuterocanonical books are alluded to in the NT: 1)...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    No, but most of them were originally attached to books that were quoted in the NT specifically as "Scripture" (such as Lamentations being originally attached to Jeremiah as a single book). This is how we know these books are Scripture, since they are just merely "alluded" in the NT, but...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    Unlike the OT Jews, the apostles, the NT writers, and the first century Jewish Christians who were believers, "modern Jews" who reject the the NT because they are unbelievers. And it was the OT & NT Jewish believers who wrote the Bible, not unbelieving Jews. Timothy's family & the Bereans did...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    And all 90% on the OT quotes from the Septuagint that cites these books as Scripture come from the books within the boundaries of the Hebrew Bible, which did not include these "deuterocanonical" books. Zero NT quotes come from them. And early Christians "used" all kinds of books, including as...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    See my comment above.
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    In Romans 3:2, the apostle Paul states God entrusted the Jews with the oracles of God (meaning the OT Scriptures). The Jews did not accept the Apocrypha (ie: Deuterocanonical books). In Luke 16:29, when Jesus was telling the Parable of the Rich Man, who ended up in Hades, He stated "they...
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    Preaching from the apocrypha

    You may also educate, or remind him, that Methodism is historically a Protestant denomination that has always rejected the Apocrypha as Scripture. So, he is citing from a Roman Catholic/Eastern Orthodox text, not a Protestant/Christian text, which John & Charles Wesley also rejected. So, even...
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    Demons vs. Evil Spirits

    Thanks! Because I noticed in the apocryphal book of Tobit in Catholic OTs, they make a distinction between the two, as though they are different evil entities. This is good to know!
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    Demons vs. Evil Spirits

    I don't know if this is the spot to post this. Does anyone know if there is a distinction between a demon & an evil spirit in either the Old or New Testament? Or are they synonymous. It seems to be the latter, but if anyone can give an example that they are different & post a verse from...
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    Interview on the OT with Dr. Tony Costa

    Dr. Tony Costa invited my on his YouTube channel to discuss the OT canon this Thursday, September 30th at 7pm EST. For anyone who would has a YouTube account, you can join the live chat & post comments & questions, which we may address towards the end of the discussion. Please keep me in your...
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    What has everyone been doing since the last incarnation of CARM died?

    I wrote a second Christian book, "Why Protestant Bibles Are Smaller," and debated both Catholic author Gary Michuta & Trent Horn from Catholic Answers on the OT canon. Was interviewed on Christian television & Christian radio, as well as on YouTube interviews, including Dr. Michael Brown's "The...
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    My interview with Dr. Michael Brown on the OT canon

    After the early church began to add books to the Septuagint after the first century AD, they began to embrace some of false beliefs found in them that are neither in the Hebrew Bible nor the NT, which eventually added to the gospel.
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    My interview with Dr. Michael Brown on the OT canon

    Thanks. I had a more in-depth interview recently on the OT canon with a Reformed Christian who writes for The Council, including the rabbinic name conflation Jesus used in Matthew 23:35. I explained when Jesus used this name conflation when He referred to "Zechariah, the son of Berechiah" that...
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    My interview with Dr. Michael Brown on the OT canon

    In terms of an "officially" defined canon, no. The previous ecumenical council of Florence in 1441 had the same books. But it did not dogmatically "define" these books. When Trent defined their canon, they drew from this list from this previous council, but the Catholic church was not...
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