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What Are The Deuterocanonical Books Of The Bible?

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The Deuterocanonical books of the Bible refer to the books written between the Old and New Testament periods. They were accepted by the Jews of that period, particularly the Pharisees. However, they saw them as valuable to Jewish history but not divinely inspired. They held this view because they were written between when the book of Malachi was finished and the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry. This period is known as the intertestamental period. How Many Deuterocanonical Books Are There? There are 12 deuterocanonical books: Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Sirach (or the writings of Ben Sirah), 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, 3 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, Wisdom (Ecclesiasticus), Prayer of Manasseh, 1 Esdras, and 2 Esdras. Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians do consider them inspired. The Roman Catholic Church upheld the status of the deuterocanonical books as inspired Scripture in 1546 at the Council of Trent… (READ MORE)

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