I applaud your desire to do this. I’d love to hear feedback on what you think in this matter as you read the books.
In the matter of Luther wanting to remove James from the NT, he also wanted to remove Jude, Hebrews and Revelation. :shrug:
As to the OT books removed, in addition to the 7 that were completely removed, there are portions of two others…Daniel is one and I can’t remember the other…
When I discovered this it struck me as so odd that the people who wanted to declare that Bible as the supreme and sole authority (Sola Scriptura) them immediately wanted to (and in some cases did) Change the Bible…It made no sense…
I’m very curious about church history now and want to know when and why certain beliefs got booted. Please regimens me some good resources on this subject.
As others have pointed out this is a very broad request.
When you ask about “why certain beliefs got booted”, are you mainly referring to the time of the reformation till now?
The reason I ask is because throughout the 2 millenia of the Church there have been many “beliefs” that “got booted”. They were call “heresies” - like the Nestorians, Arians and the Gnostics…
For me - and a very big reason why I came home to the Catholic Church had to do with the history so I can see why this is of interest to you. If I may briefly share…
The biggest “belief that got booted” in the reformation was the one that said that the Church was both visible and authoritative. Now this may not have been Luther’s intent, but it was the result none-the-less. This is patently evident in the fact that the “fathers of the reformation” could not agree and went their separate ways establishing competing “reformed” churches and contradictory biblical worldviews instead of one. So the very foundation of protestantism was built on the shifting sands of personal interpretation and rejection of “authoritative Church”.
This idea of non-authoritative Church was alien to Christianity for the first 1500 years and in fact, not only can it not be found in the Bible, but the Bible actually points quite clearly toward a visible and authoritative Church.
So - while reading the excluded books is a good idea, consider too that the “baby being thrown out with the bathwater” may have more to do with the underlying principles and structural models of the RC/EO vs the Post Reformation non-Catholic SS groups.
God Bless you on your journey.