[quote=Mijoy2]Listening to Hank Hannegraff yesterday, Hank mentioned how Purgatory (which, of course he does not beleive in) has it’s defense mostly in Maccabees(which he claiims is a weak defense at that). He went on to state it did not become part of the Bible until after the reformation. Thus the premise is that the Catholic Church changed the Bible to accomodate it’s false teachings of Purgatory (among other things).
How valid is Hanks point?
Hank does self-serving research. He used to say that the word “Purgatory” was invented by Tetzle, the 16th century fellow whose sale of indulgences so offended Luther.
After one of Hank’s programs, I sent him several pre-Tetzle references to the word “Purgatory.” One was rather painfully obvious…the Purgatorio, by Dante, which preceded Tetzle by about two centuries.
This, supposedly, is the portion of the text of the 382 A.D. Decree of Pope Damasus deasling with the Canonization of Maccabees…
***It is likewise decreed: Now, indeed, we must treat of the divine Scriptures: what the universal Catholic Church accepts and what she must shun.
The list of the Old Testament begins: Genesis, one book; Exodus, one book: Leviticus, one book; Numbers, one book; Deuteronomy, one book; Jesus Nave, one book; of Judges, one book; Ruth, one book; of Kings, four books; Paralipomenon, two books; One Hundred and Fifty Psalms, one book; of Solomon, three books: Proverbs, one book; Ecclesiastes, one book; Canticle of Canticles, one book; likewise, Wisdom, one book; Ecclesiasticus *****(Sirach), one book; Likewise, the list of the Prophets: Isaiah, one book; Jeremias, one book; along with Cinoth, that is, his Lamentations; Ezechiel, one book; Daniel, one book; Osee, one book; Amos, one book; Micheas, one book; Joel, one book; Abdias, one book; Jonas, one book; Nahum, one book; Habacuc, one book; Sophonias, one book; Aggeus, one book; Zacharias, one book; Malachias, one book. Likewise, the list of histories: Job, one book; Tobias, one book; Esdras, two books; Esther, one book; Judith, one book; of Maccabees, two books.
Likewise, the list of the Scriptures of the New and Eternal Testament, which the holy and Catholic Church receives: of the Gospels, one book according to Matthew, one book according to Mark, one book according to Luke, one book according to John. The Epistles of the Apostle Paul, fourteen in number: one to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, one to the Ephesians, two to the Thessalonians, one to the Galatians, one to the Philippians, one to the Colossians, two to Timothy, one to Titus one to Philemon, one to the Hebrews. Likewise, one book of the Apocalypse of John. And the Acts of the Apostles, one book. Likewise, the canonical Epistles, seven in number: of the Apostle Peter, two Epistles; of the Apostle James, one Epistle; of the Apostle John, one Epistle; of the other John, a Presbyter, two Epistles; of the Apostle Jude the Zealot, one Epistle. Thus concludes the canon of the New Testament.