Monday, November 22, 2004

Edersheim on the Apocrypha 

In Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Alfred Edersheim says that the intertestamental books (Maccabees, Tobit, Esdras, etc) were written partially to reconcile Jewish thinking with Greek philosophy. That explained to me why the Catholics accept those books as canonical and the Protestants generally don't. The Catholics were likewise interested (after Aquinas and especially after Trent) in reconciling Aristotelian thought with Christianity, and the intertestamental books would have been a great aid to them in that task.

Just a little trivia for today.

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