First, I’ll give my thesis,
Second, I’ll make a point,
Third, I’ll end with a question,
The “question” isn’t about the “a point.”
One popular argument made by Protestants against the Deuterocanon (or Apocrypha, as
they’ll say) is that they are not quoted in the New Testament. As I thought upon this very
weak argument, I had an epiphany: The BOOK OF ENOCH (I Enoch), written in 300 BCE,
appears to be alluded to by Peter in his second letter:For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned,
but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and
handed them over to be kept for judgment;
- 2 Peter 2:4
Again *I Enoch *is alluded to, this time by Jude:The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain
but deserted their proper dwelling, he has kept in eter-
nal chains, in gloom, for the judgment of the great day.
- Jude 1:6
Surprisingly then, Jude QUOTES I Enoch, WORD FOR WORD:Enoch, of the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied also about
them when he said, “Behold, the Lord has come with his countless*
holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict everyone for all
the godless deeds that they committed and for all the harsh words
godless sinners have uttered against him.”
- Jude 1:14-15
[INDENT]*(Keep in mind that I’m using the
NAB , and that more literal trans-
lations are found in other bibles) .
[/INDENT]Now the “not quoted in the New Testament” anti-Deuterocanon people have a big problem
in my eyes at least, because I Enoch is used in the New Testament, but is left out, yet in
the next breath, Wisdom, Judith, Tobit, etc. are rejected through the excuse that they are
not quoted or even mentioned in the New Testament. How does this make sense?
[RIGHT]Let it be duly noted that I am not
supporting I Enoch as Scripture,
if you didn’t understand my intro.