Midweek Message

LABC Update – Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Jim Hopkins

May 13, 2024

For the next three weeks our Tuesday Night (6:00) and Wednesday Morning (10:30) Bible Studies will focus on two deuterocanonical/apochryphal books of the Bible, Baruch and Judith.


Dr. Greg Salazar writes –

The value and canonical status of the deuterocanonical books or Apocrypha (literally meaning “things that are hidden”) has been a point of significant contention between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation. According to Bruce Metzger, the word deuterocanonical was a term coined in 1566 by the Roman Catholic Sixtus of Sienna. It was used to distinguish between the two different kinds of books whose authority the Roman Catholic Church recognized, the “protocanonical” (those received from the church’s inception) and the “deuterocanonical” (those acknowledged later in church history). The latter group consists of twelve books:

  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther (added to the book of Esther in Roman Catholic Bibles)
  • The Wisdom of Solomon
  • Ecclesiasticus (or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach)
  • Baruch
  • The Letter of Jeremiah (added to the book of Baruch in Roman Catholic Bibles)
  • The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men (added to the book of Daniel in Roman Catholic Bibles)
  • Susanna (added to the book of Daniel in Roman Catholic Bibles)
  • Bel and the Dragon (added to the book of Daniel in Roman Catholic Bibles)
  • 1 and 2 Maccabees

In addition to these deutercanonical books, the Eastern Orthodox Church generally recognizes three other books in its Old Testament: 1 and 2 Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh. Collectively, these fifteen extra books not found in the Hebrew or Protestant canon are also known as the Apocrypha.

These books (with the exception of 2 Esdras) were part of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible known as the Septuagint; however, none of the books of the Apocrypha were in the original Hebrew canon. Although Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox contend that these books are part of the canon of Scripture, Protestants have consistently argued that although the books of the Apocrypha have historical value, these books should not be recognized as canonical. 

Last spring we studied the books of Tobit and Judith and found them to be interesting and inspiring. I think this year’s excursion into this under-appreciated part of the Bible will also be very interesting. Please join in.

Pastor Jim


Tonight on LABC Zoom – Bible Study with Pastor Jim 6:00

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