Behind the Bible

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

Did Jesus give us Bible bookends?

Did Jesus ever tell us which books belong in the Old Testament? Many Protestants argue that he did and they appeal to Jesus’ words concerning the shedding of the prophets blood being “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah …” (Luke 11:50, Mathew 23:35). It is argued that…

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…