What are some reasons that Protestants reject the Deuterocanonical books?
I know it’s probably a somewhat goofy question because I would think the answer(s) would be (A) There are things in the Deuterocanon that Protestants do not agree with; in other words, doesn’t fit with their interpretations of scripture (such as praying for the souls of the dead); (B) Since the Catholic Church uses the Deuterocanon, Protestants should not (anything associated with the Latin Church=“popish”); and/or © the Deuterocanon were not written in Hebrew.
I’m asking because in a book I have written by Evangelicals, it claims that the Deuterocanon are not accepted by Protestants for the same reason that they are not accepted by the early Rabbis: because they were not written in Hebrew. We know that the Jews used the Greek Septuagint up until a certain time period and that they also read the Deuterocanonical books. However, I am not too familiar with how Jews chose their own “canon,” if they ever did to begin with. The Greek Septuagint obviously fell out of use among Jews but I am not sure if they chose to “reject” the Deuterocanon because they were not written in Hebrew? Again, not sure how or if the Jews chose to put together their canon for the Hebrew Bible.