April 2014



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Gary Michuta is an expert on the canon of Scripture, especially in regards to the Deutero-canonical books, what the Protestants call the Apocrypha. You can read his book Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger to see what I mean.

Recently a friend asked Gary for the short answer as to why the Protestants removed seven books from the Bible. Here is his very helpful reply:

Why Protestants Reject the Deutero-canonical Books – Short Answer

By Gary Michuta

 The short answer is this: When Luther was cornered in a debate over Purgatory, his opponent, Johann Eck, cited 2 Maccabees against Luther’s position. Luther was forced to say that Second Maccabees could not be allowed in the debate because it wasn’t canonical. Later in the debate, Luther appealed to St. Jerome for rejecting Maccabees (the councils of Carthage, Hippo, and Florence all included Macabees as canonical Scripture). 

 By appealing to Jerome, he also rejected all the other books Jerome rejected (Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, Tobit, Judith, 1st and 2nd Maccabees, Daniel 13, and sections of Esther).

From then on, Luther (and all Protestants) have been trying to justify this removal. Luther in 1534 thought Baruch was ”too skimpy” and not lofty enough to be from the scribe of Jeremiah. He also had problems with certain historical elements in Baruch. But in the long run, it really came down to Jerome’s rejection.

 As a side note, Jerome rejected it because he thought that a Hebrew manuscript tradition, known as the Masoretic Text, was identical to the inspired originals and all other copies were made from this text. Since the Deuteros were not part of the MT, he rejected them as not being of the canonical Scripture. 

 What Jerome could not have known was that there were many different Hebrew manuscripts in circulation during the first century and that the Greek Septuagint, a translation made by the Jews around 200 BC, at least in parts, appears to be a very literal translation of a more ancient Hebrew text tradition that is now lost. 

This means that Jerome’s idea of “Hebrew truth” (I.e., only that which is found in the Hebrew MT is true) has been demonstrated to be an error. With Jerome’s position no longer tenable, Protestantism really doesn’t have a historical leg to stand on in regards to their OT canon.


This group is full of curiosity and questions. I love it! Sunny but not too hot. Breezy but not enough to blow your hat away. Like always we were the first ones up to the Mount of Transfiguration so we didn’t have to wait in line. Brian! I hate lines instead of my groups. We got up there and had a wonderful outdoor mass and the top of the Mount of Transfiguration.

Another favorite aspect of a everyone of our program images is renewals of wedding vows. We had three couples that hair celebrating 50 years of marriage and it was quite exciting. We also had an older couple who discovered each other late in life after losing a spouse and have been married two years. We took a of all of them renewing their wedding vows together.

We went to Nazareth for lunch at a local restaurant run by three Christian brothers, not one set up for tourists, but where the locals eat. It was delicious with salads, hummus, grilled chicken and beef kebabs. The sweets afterwards were heavenly.

Nazareth is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s where the Annunciation took place but if you think about it, it’s also where the incarnation began. The altar in the grotto of the Annunciation says, “The Word became flesh HERE”. The hair goes up on the back of my neck when I realize that God became man in this cave. No science-fiction could ever be that exciting.

After that we went to the house of St. Joseph where the Holy Family lived for 30 years. We discussed their restroom facilities :-)  This is something we don’t think about when we meditate on the Holy Family. But they were real people living in the real world. Here I gave one of my favorite talks entitled “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.”

We know that people are tired on the first full day after arriving in the Holy Land so we make sure they have some free time in the afternoon. Some want to go swimming in the See of Galilee, to take a nap, to walk through Tiberias, or do whatever they wish. A delicious dinner followed the three hours of free time and then everybody went to bed to get ready for another exciting and deeply spiritual day tomorrow.

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