Behind the Bible

A closer look at the history, context and characters in Scripture

The Wisdom of science

“O come, thou Wisdom from on high, who orders all things mightily…” This line is from the second verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” What most people don’t know is that it is a quote from the deuterocanonical book of Wisdom, which reads, “Indeed, she [God’s Wisdom] reaches from end to end mightily and…

Did the Jews ever accept the Deuterocanon?

Time and again I run across anti-Catholic websites that claim (erroneously) that the Jews never accepted the Deuterocanon, or the seven Old Testament books that Catholics and Orthodox Christians accept as Scripture, but Protestants reject as “Apocrypha” (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach/Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees, as well as parts of Esther and Daniel). On…

A brief look at biblical time

Unlike our previous articles that focused on the background of a particular Scripture text, this installment is going to look at the idea of biblical time. Why spend time talking about time? Well, the Bible is sacred history, and if you’ve read a lot of Scripture, you’ve probably noticed how different events often seem eerily…