Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Old Testament canon

Upon returning to Catholicism Laura McAlister was surprised to discover that her Bible had gotten bigger. Here she explains why Protestants and Catholics treat the Old Testament Apocrypha differently and summarizes:
To put it simply, Catholics and Orthodox follow the canon of the Septuagint, the translation used by the New Testament writers and early Christians, while Protestants follow the canon of Rabbinical Judaism that was set after Christianity began.
This is a very clear explanation of why the Protestant and Catholic canons of Old Testament scripture differ. If I were teaching the subject I might appropriate much of it [with proper citation, of course].