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Validity - yes or no? [message #820763] Tue, 31 October 2017 00:40 Go to next message
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Not sure if this should be hot topic or not...but I have a question.

Books outside the bible that were once contenders for inclusion, or were included but tossed out - or maybe are included in one branch of Christianity but not the others (Pseudepirapha, Apocalyptic literature, Apocrypha, Deuterocanonical - there may be others, and I might be conflating single books as two because of the different references). Even in this group, one might call Oral stories that are kept in the Judaic traditions....

What are your thoughts on these, as a whole or individually? I'd appreciate in your feedback, to know if you've read any of them yourself. I read some as a very young child, and confess that my actual teaching I received as a young teen, little as it was, gave nod to some of them. Yet, there was also this huge, gosh I'd almost say societal condemnation to them, as if they were dangerous to read. What I did read, has stuck with me, and as an adult in conversation with someone in the moment (who is not advocating or quoting the books...it's more the topic), am becoming curious about all that isn't contained in our scriptures.

*Edited to add, I understand that there were things that were outright falsely written books...but memory is failing me at the moment as to if the stories were false, the supposed authorship was false, or both or worse, they weren't stories so much as claiming to be the word of God or what... But were all in that category?

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Re: Validity - yes or no? [message #820768 is a reply to message #820763 ] Tue, 31 October 2017 11:49 Go to previous message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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I've read some of what you listed. Personally, I find the book of Wisdom (written by Solomon) intriguing and full of....well, wisdom.

I put them mentally in the same category as the history of Josephus. Relevant, important, but not scripture. I've not studied the Apocrypha extensively, but in my casual reading, I've not seen things not in line with scripture.

Someday, I would like to study how it was decided what to include and what not to include, particularly in regards to the Apocrypha.

In Him--Tracy
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