I was listening to CAL the other day and noticed what I would consider a mishmash of misinformation on the biblical canon. I’m curious how Catholics react to Tim Staples’s claims and/or approach:
15:20-17:06; 23:05 Orthodox wrongfully inserted books into the biblical canon;
18:18 Staples wants to use O.T. books being quoted in the N.T. as a criteria for books being canonical, but at the same time he wants to reject the Book of Enoch, which of course is also quoted in the N.T. (the book of Jude).
20:04 Staples claims that Jesus used the canon of the Septuagint. (Of course the codex wasn’t even invented yet at the time of Jesus, and moreover, even if it had been then Jesus would have considered books as scriptural that Catholics reject, such as 3 & 4 Maccabees, which the caller also points out at around 21:15)
30:30 Jesus read from the Greek text of Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth (I don’t know of a single scholar that thinks the Jews of Nazareth would have used a Greek text in their synagogue service.)
Staples points out that the Dead Sea Scrolls community had books like Tobit in their biblical canon (Of course again, the codex hadn’t been invented yet and we don’t have a list of canonical books used by the Qumran community, and all sorts of extra-biblical writings were found at Qumran as well. Staples’s point would actually support the caller’s question that the Book of Enoch could be considered canonical, since it was also found at Qumran.)
I could go on, but I think you get my drift. You can listed to the call yourself at around 15:20 - 24:45.