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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

In Amos 8, the prophet declares (NIV trans.): 11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

Some historical background regarding the Canon of Scripture The books that non-Catholics (generally Protestants) call the Apocrypha are called by Catholics the Deuterocanonical books (from the Greek ...
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Did Jesus have a different Will in Lk 22:42 ? What was it like?

There's no need to appeal to apocryphal writings or mysticism; this very question was the subject of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, Constantinople III. Note that "will" here is not "plan&...
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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament? The apocryphal writings were written during what Protestants call "the inter-Testament years". This is ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

In the Catholic tradition, there 3 types of historical writings dealt with here: biblical writings and/or non-biblical writings known as Apocrypha. Canononical works Deuterocanonical works Apocrypha (...
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According to Reformed Theology, why did the 70 Jewish translators include the Apocrypha?

It is true that the Jews ultimately did not accept the apocryphal books you listed in their canon, in a gradual process over several centuries at least spanning 1st century BC and 1st century AD. ...
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Is there any Biblical Basis for 400 years of silence between Old and New Testament?

There are two considerations. One is to establish the fact of roughly 400 years of silence based on writings of that time area. In other words, this is in fact how those of that time understood that ...
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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha?

In the New Testament, Jesus never prescribes or approves of any particular canon Jesus doesn't anywhere speak of the canon,1 except to refer to common ways of dividing them: "the Law and the Prophets"...
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What rationale do KJV-1611-Only give for not recognizing the apocryphal books of that version?

Interesting question (which gets an up-vote from me), and although I am not a “King James Version Only” Protestant, I was curious enough to go looking for a possible answer. Here is part of what I ...
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What is the Testament of Hezekiah? I know it exists, but I can't locate it

After a bit more research, I found reference to the "Testament of Hezekiah." It appears, that it a component of the larger pseudegraphical text, "Ascension of Isaiah." Perhaps why I couldn't find info ...
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How do Catholics defend the apparent errors found in the deuterocanonical books?

"Condones the use of magic" Tobit is the subject of an extensive commentary by Venerable Bede, who is accepted as a Church Father by both east and west. He explains that Tobit is to be understood in ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books? The actual answer to this riddle is unknown, but some have quoted these sources. Even the apocryphal Book of Enoch is referenced to in the ...
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Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday?

Did Jesus' disciples celebrate His birthday? A valid question to say the least, but the short answer seems to be simply: no. The Catholic Church has no such tradition from the Early Church or Church ...
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What are the main reasons of EOC for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon?

While I can't speak on behalf of my EOC brothers, I may be able to offer some insight as to why the Coptic Orthodox Church considers it apocrypha, and for that matter, give some reasons as to why the ...
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Is there something in Sirach that caused it to be considered Apocrypha?

William Whitaker's Disputations on Holy Scripture is a classic Reformation-era work that goes into great depth regarding the reasons that the apocrypha were rejected. He deals with Sirach (...
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Is there any evidence to support the authenticity of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Just from a cursory examination of the subject it appears that none of the bodies which gathered to consider the canon of scripture - the Catholic gathering at the Council of Trent in 1546, the Church ...
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How tall was Jesus?

How tall was Jesus? The apocrypha do not speak of the height of Jesus, but like the apocrypha the Shroud of Turin is to be considered an extra biblical source of possible information. One is free to ...
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Did the 1st Century Church Accept the Deuterocanonical books?

The Deuterocanonicals belong to an era before Christ was born. The text of the OT was written over about 1,000 years. The last prophetic book, Malachi, was written a little before 400 B.C. None of the ...
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When was the Old Testament Canon defined?

Not at the time of Jesus. At that time the definition of the Hebrew Scriptures was uncertain. Or perhaps a better way to see it is as the Jewish Encyclopedia suggests: Since all Jewish literature of ...
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Can Christians use the Ring of Solomon?

According to this Christian source https://www.gotquestions.org/Testament-of-Solomon.html the ‘ring of Solomon’ is a piece of fiction based on mythology and pagan ideas. Part of the article has this ...
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By what name was Jesus called until the 8th day after his birth?

He wasn't. To this day, Jewish boys are not named until the eighth day, and Jewish girls until the Sabbath after their birth. It is polite, when talking to Jewish parents before then, to ask not what ...
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Did Jesus reject the apocrypha?

Did Jesus reject the apocrypha? Nowhere in Sacred Scripture has Our Lord rejected the Apocrypha. Who has the authority to declare what is Apocrypha and what is not? The comment of Lucian is quite ...
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What is the dating for the last books of the Catholic Old Testament?

Here is the list of Catholic Deuterocanonical books. For each book, I researched the most accepted dating by scholars, consulting mostly the Dictionary of New Testament Background, IVP Press, 2000 ...
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What was the forgers intentions for doing their forgeries?

It is hard to generalize, because the authors of the pseudepigrapha might have various motivations. Moreover the are wide disagreements among scholars as to which writings should be considered ...
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According to Catholics when were names added to The Book of Life?

St Thomas Aquinas covers this question (more-or-less) and I don't think you're going to find this in the Catechism. I think someone smarter than me will have to interpret it for you. Therefore those ...
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What is the Catholic interpretation of Sirach 42:14?

The Douay Challoner version renders Ecclesiasticus 42:14 as: For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach. The Catholic Haydock ...
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How much of the deuterocanonical books are true?

How much of the deuterocanonical books are true? All deuterocanonical books are considered inspired biblical texts by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches ...
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Can Christians use the Ring of Solomon?

The answer by @Lesley and ideas found in the Wikipedia article give several reasons for rejecting the book as a fraud or fantasy: inconsistent with the rest of Scripture language consistent with ...
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Did any Jews accept the Deuterocanon?

The answer is yes, although we should not think in terms of a definite Deuterocanon. The Septuagint version of the OT included what we call the Apocrypha, and it was widely used by Jews in the Greek ...
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