[quote=Andyman1517]This is not true Fidelis. The Protestant Bible contains the same books that most Jews hold as cannonical. The deuterocannonicals were mostly written in either Greek or Aramaic and much later than other OT material. Contrary to the beliefs of many people on this board, the deuterocanonicals were added only during the Council of Trent. Even Jerome was reluctant to include them in the Vulgate (which originally did not contain all of them). It’s not that Protestants don’t read and respect these books, it’s just that they’re too suspect to include in the Bible.
And, yes, Martin Luther did translate some of the deuterocannonicals.
I’m sorry Andyman, but you are mistaken. The Council of Trent, held after the Reformation, merely affirmed the canon that the Church had always held. This was AFTER Martin Luther had removed these books from his version of the Bible. How could Martin Luther remove them if they supposedly were added in a council that was held AFTER he removed them???
Jews only arrived at their present canon in the second century at the Council of Jamnia. At this council, they rejected the deuterocanonicals because the new Christian church was using them to teach distinctive Christian (i.e. Catholic beliefs). At this same council they rejected many of the books of what is now the New Testament. The decisions of a Jewish council called primarily to repudiate Christian writings is not exactly the best criteria to determine the Christian canon.
When and in what language the deuterocanonicals were written has no bearing on their inspiration or canonicity.
As to St. Jerome, while he may not have been of the opinion that the deuterocanonicals were not canonical, he accepted them because he had the humility to know that this is not for individuals to decide, but the Church.
Again, I recommend you read the resources I gave in my previous post.