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Old Jul 29, '08, 11:07 am
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Default Why don't Jews accept the Old Testament apocrypha?

I am a Protestant that is constantly researching the Catholic faith with hopes of better understanding it. One of my most difficult topics is the Old Testament apocrypha. My question is this: If the apocrypha belongs in the Bible then why do the Jews not accept it as part of the Old Testament?

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Old Jul 29, '08, 2:39 pm
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Default Re: Why don't Jews accept the Old Testament apocrypha?

For a Jewish explanation of the canon of the Old Testament, please see this article.

Please keep in mind though that the Catholic Church defined the canonicity of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, which was a version of the Old Testament accepted by Greek-speaking Jews before the time of Christ. The Church did not create the Septuagint, or compose a canon ex nihilo; but determined that a particular canon already in use by the time of Christ by the majority of Jews, both in the Holy Land and in the diaspora, was authoritative for Christians. For more information, please see the articles linked below.

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