Exploring the Truth About the Apocrypha and Lost Books of the Bible

We’re back with another thought-provoking video from the church of Christ Sermons. In this episode, Don Blackwell from World Video Bible School delves into the fascinating topic of the Apocrypha and the lost books of the Bible. Get ready to unlock some eye-opening insights!

Now, let me give you a sneak peek into what you can expect from this enlightening episode:

๐Ÿ”‘ Key #1: Discover the meaning of “canon” and “canonicity,” and why these terms are important when discussing Biblical books.
๐Ÿ”‘ Key #2: Learn about the absence of validation for the Apocrypha from the New Testament and how it differs from the books recognized as divinely inspired.
๐Ÿ”‘ Key #3: Unveil some historical and factual inaccuracies found in certain Apocrypha books that cast doubt on their inspiration.
๐Ÿ”‘ Key #4: Explore the Catholic Church’s acceptance of these additional books and its impact on the canon.
๐Ÿ”‘ Key #5: Unearth fascinating insights about the “missing books” and their possible interpretations.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the original King James translation of the Bible included the Apocrypha, but it was later removed? It’s interesting to see how the inclusion or exclusion of certain books has evolved over time.

In the outro of the video, Don Blackwell emphasizes that Jesus recognized the Law, the prophets, and the Psalms as the complete Hebrew canon. As believers, it’s essential to rely on the divinely inspired letters preserved in the Bible, knowing that God has provided everything we need for our faith.

If you’re hungry for even more information on the lost books of the Bible, be sure to visit apologeticspress.org for a detailed answer.

Stay tuned for more insightful content from the Church of Christ Sermons. Remember, the truth awaits!

Key Topics

  • Introduction to the session (speaker from World Video Bible School, aim of answering questions about the books in the Bible)
  • Explanation of the terms canon and canonicity
  • Jesus confirming the connection between Jonah and His own resurrection
  • Lack of validation or credibility for the apocrypha in the New Testament
  • Apocrypha not claiming inspiration and some books acknowledging noninspiration
  • Inaccuracies and conflicting accounts within the apocrypha (e.g., Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon)
  • Discussion of the apocrypha in relation to the Catholic Church
  • Definition and origins of the apocrypha
  • Catholic Church’s acceptance of seven apocryphal books
  • Questioning the inclusion of the apocrypha in the Bible and its impact on Bible believers
  • Mention of the addition of the story “Bell and the Dragon” in the Book of Daniel
  • Period known as the silent 400 years with no prophets writing
  • Jesus’s pronouncement of judgement upon the wicked Pharisees, covering the entire Hebrew Bible as laid out today
  • Recognition of Scripture by Jesus from Genesis to Malachi, excluding the apocryphal books
  • Lack of validation for the Old Testament apocryphal books in the New Testament
  • Consideration of genuine passages and characters based on inclusion in the New Testament
  • Difference between the Catholic Old Testament (46 books) and the Protestant version (39 books)
  • Council of Trent’s declaration of the additional books as canonical
  • Inclusion/exclusion of the apocrypha in different translations of the Bible
  • Removal of the apocrypha from the original King James translation
  • Mention of translation committees not including the apocrypha
  • Explanation of the number of missing books or references in the Bible
  • Possibility that some missing books are references to other books within the Bible or to secular history books
  • Non-Hebrew sources not considered canonical writings
  • Actual number of missing books lower than 30 when excluding certain categories
  • 30 different works mentioned in the Bible that are no longer available
  • Supposed missing books may be references to the same source book with different names
  • Suggestion to visit apologeticspress.org for more detailed answer on lost books of the Bible
  • Possibility of a letter written by Paul that is not preserved today
  • Faith not shaken by the lack of preservation of certain inspired letters
  • Emphasis on God providing everything necessary for believers through the preserved letters
  • Arguing against the inclusion of the apocrypha in the Bible
  • Jesus not recognizing the apocrypha as Scripture
  • Jesus referring to the Law, prophets, and Psalms as the complete Hebrew canon
  • Mention of another passage in Matthew 23:35 without further information provided

Quotes & Clips

“Why do we have the books we do in the Bible? And secondly, are we missing any books from our Bibles?”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:00:08 โ†’ 00:01:30]

“The Apocrypha: These extra books that some Bibles have added to the end of the Old Testament.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:03:45 โ†’ 00:05:05]

The Apocrypha in the Bible: “The Catholic Church declared these books to be canonical at their Council of Trent. That is, they said, we are putting these books in our Bible because we say they belong there.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:05:05 โ†’ 00:06:03]

Jesus’ Endorsement of the Old Testament Canon: “In Luke chapter 24 and verse 44, Jesus said, these are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets and in the Psalms concerning me.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:14:38 โ†’ 00:15:42]

The Significance of Jesus’ Recognition of Scripture: “Jesus recognized as Scripture from Genesis to the time of Malachi, which incidentally, excludes the books of the Old Testament apocrypha.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:15:42 โ†’ 00:17:01]

The Apocrypha: “Out of the many references in the New Testament โ€ฆ not one of them validates or in any sense gives credibility to the apocrypha as being inspired from God.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:17:01 โ†’ 00:18:31]

Inaccuracies in the Apocrypha: “The apocrypha book of Judith has the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar ruling in Nineveh over Assyria, clearly inaccurate.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:19:28 โ†’ 00:20:33]

“The Existence of Lost Books in the Bible”: “It is the case that there are times when the Bible references books that we no longer have.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:24:09 โ†’ 00:25:18]

“The Number That Remains is Not 30”: When you eliminate the quote missing books that fall into the four categories we’ve just mentioned, the number that remains is not 30.
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:25:18 โ†’ 00:26:28]

The Preservation of Inspired Letters: “If there were inspired letters or epistles that were written that God chose not to preserve it’s because we don’t need them.”
โ€” Don Blackwell [00:28:26 โ†’ 00:29:35]

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the apocrypha?
A: The apocrypha refers to extra books that some Bibles have added to the end of the Old Testament.

Q: When were the apocryphal books believed to have been written?
A: These apocryphal books were believed to have been written between the time of Malachi and the life of Jesus.

Q: How many apocryphal books does the Catholic Church accept?
A: The Catholic Church accepts seven of these apocryphal books.

Q: Is the apocrypha recognized as Scripture in the New Testament?
A: No, the New Testament does not validate the Old Testament apocryphal books.

Q: Why are some books excluded from the Bible?
A: Some books are excluded because they do not claim inspiration, contain historical inaccuracies, or contradict established biblical teachings.

Q: Are there any missing books or references in the Bible?
A: There are at least 30 different works mentioned in the Bible that are no longer available.

Q: Why aren’t these missing books preserved?
A: It is believed that some of these missing books may not have been necessary for believers or may have been secular history books rather than inspired scriptures.

Q: Did Jesus acknowledge the apocrypha as Scripture?
A: No, Jesus recognized Scripture from Genesis to Malachi, excluding the books of the Old Testament apocrypha.

Q: Are there any biblical references to missing books?
A: Yes, the Bible contains references to some missing books, but they may actually be referring to the same source but called by different names.

Q: Should the apocrypha be included in the Bible?
A: The speaker argues against including the apocrypha in the Bible, as it lacks recognition as Scripture by Jesus and contains historical inaccuracies and contradictory teachings.

Q: Why did some translations of the Bible include the apocrypha?
A: Some translations include the apocrypha because they were translated by the Catholic Church or aimed to provide a comprehensive version for historical and educational purposes.

Please note that these questions and answers are based on the provided transcript and may not encompass all possible question variations.






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