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Why the Apocrypha is NOT part of God's Word

Josephus – “From Artaxerxes to our own times a complete history has been written, but has not been deemed worthy of equal credit with the earlier records, because of the failure of the exact succession of the prophets (Against Apion 1.41).”

Quick Reasons the Apocrypha Is Not Inspired

1) They were not considered to be part of the Bible until the Council of Trent in 1546 when the Catholics were reacting to Luther's rejection of them. At that time, they were they made officially part of the Bible.

2) The NT never quotes from the Apocrypha. Supposed quotes are not really quotes at all. Jude 14-15 refers to the book called I Enoch (specifically I Enoch 60:8 and 1.9), but that is not a part of the Apocrypha. Likewise, his references are not as though they are inspired words of God.

3) Jews classified which writings were canonical, and they did not include the apocrypha.

“When I came to the east and reached the place where these things were preached and done, and learnt accurately the boks of the Old Testament, I set down the fact and sent them to you. These are their names: five books of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua the son of Nun, Judges, Ruth, four books of Kingdoms, two books of Chronicles, the Psalmes of David, the Proverbs of Solomon and his Wisdom, Ecclesiastes, the Son of Songs, Job, the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Twelve in a single book, Daniel, Ezekiel, Ezra.” (Melito, Bishop of Sardis, c. 170 AD).

4) Major church fathers didn't use the Apocrypha. Jerome, the translator of the Vulgate, didn't consider them inspired and disputed with Augustine about them. Likewise, Josephus excluded them. The Council of Jamnia (90 AD) did not recognize them.

5) When the scripture was being translated into other languages (e.g. Syriac) the Apocrypha was not included in the translations.

6) No early council of churches endorsed them.

7) The Jews felt that the Holy Spirit stopped prophesying after Malachi in 400 BC whereas the Apocrypha was written after 200 BC.

“After the latter prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi had died, the Holy Spirit departed from Israel…(Babylonian Talmud, Yomah 9b).

8) They never claim to be the word of God.

9) All of the Catholic arguments for them being inspired only prove that the early church fathers esteemed them. In fact, there is no set of ancient scriptures that includes a full set of the Catholic Apocryphal books. Nor has there ever been initial, continual, full recognition by the church.

10) There is no record of Jesus and the Jews having any disagreement over the extent of the Canon, though an argument from silence, it seems evident that there was total agreement about what was the Word of God.

Heretical Passages in the Apocrypha:


Wisdom 3:5-6

Meritorious Good Works:

Tobit 4:10, 12:9; Sirach 3:30, 29:11-12

Praying for dead

2 Maccabees 12:45

Last modified on Friday, 06 May 2011 13:08
Russ Brewer

Russ Brewer

Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of the Son. Undershepherd of Grace. Husband of Corinne. Father of three. Chew-toy to Zeke...