Hi CAF community,
This is a question I have for orthodox Catholics only, namely those, who hold firmly to the inspiration and inerrancy of Sacred Scripture.
I am aware that the historical nature of some of the narrative books of the Old Testament are disputed, and others are pretty unanimously held to. So just for a loose poll, I decided I’d ask here:
Here’s what I gather as being generally the case:
Pentateuch - historical without doubt
Joshua - historical without doubt
Judges - historical without doubt
Ruth - historical, but disputed
1/2 Samuel - historical without doubt
1/2 Kings - historical without doubt
Ezra - historical without doubt
Nehemiah - historical without doubt
Tobit - disputed
Judith - disputed
Esther - historical, but disputed
Jonah - probably not historical, but disputed
1 Maccabees - historical without doubt
2 Maccabees - historical, but disputed
Those which are historical without doubt I accept as historical. I also firmly hold that Ruth, Esther, 2 Maccabee are historical. Jonah, Tobit and Judith are probably historical. I guess that makes me more conservative than many, but I’m interested to see others’ opinions. Reasons are also welcome.
Also, I encourage debate (obviously within CAF rules), but please don’t derail this thread.
Thanks, and I look forward to reading your posts,