Does the Apocrypha Belong in Your Bible?
By David W. Daniels
I’ve been getting letters and email from people about their pastor, who starts to quote from Ecclesiasticus —it sounds like Ecclesiastes, but it’s not. Or who reads from the Wisdom of Solomon —not to be confused with the Proverbs of Solomon. Or who talks about the “moral lessons” to be learned from “Deuterocanonical” books like Tobit or Judith.
Other teachers or preachers talk about how their denomination started with people reading a Bible “complete with the Apocrypha” —as if without it, the Bible is incomplete. Or they say, “The original King James Bible had the Apocrypha. So people who trust the King James shouldn’t have a Bible without it.”
What is wrong with this picture? And why is it happening now, 400 years after the King James was first printed? Did the Christians trust the Apocrypha way back then? And what is the “Apocrypha,” or “Deuterocanonical books,” anyway?
The Apocrypha is a collection of fables, not books of faith. Not a bit of it is inspired, or even claims to be. So why should it be in a Bible? Our Old Testament is the Hebrews’ scripture. They didn’t include Apocrypha in their Hebrew scripture. So if they didn’t trust it as scripture, why should we?
But they counter, “Jesus and the Apostles used the Septuagint, and the Septuagint had the Apocrypha. So we must use the Apocrypha.” That sounds convincing.
But this claim is bogus. A search of all sources, using modern technology, finds no evidence of the Septuagint being the Bible of the Apostles. It first appeared in the years after Christ died. It has only survived to this day because the fables of the Apocrypha support some of the unbiblical dogmas of Roman Catholicism.
Included in that plot was an attempt to insert these fictional tales into the King James Bible. King James put Richard Bancroft in charge of the translators. He was Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England. He almost corrupted the KJV by forcing the translators to include the Apocrypha. He succeeded in getting the Apocrypha between the covers, but the translators refused to include it in either Testament. They stuck it in a separate section, labeled each page “Apocrypha” and gave 7 objections to including it.
When printers began producing the KJV, the people demanded copies without the Apocrypha. But the plotters did not stop. All Roman Catholic Bibles since then have included it. Today you are hearing more about it because of the crusade to make a common Bible that all “denominations” can use.
And beyond that is the emerging world religion that is calling for a gutted Bible that will mesh with the other religious literature of the world, a one-world Bible for the one-world religion. Essential to the one-world Bible is the Greek Septuagint containing the Apocrypha, so that Rome’s pagan doctrines such as wafer worship, Virgin Mary goddess, and salvation by works are supported.
I exposed this deception in six videos, then used the evidence and documentation to make a book, Did Jesus Use the Septuagint? It examines all the “best evidence” for the existence of a BC Septuagint and takes it apart, piece by piece. Then it explores the newest evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Finally, it adds up the facts and suggests who may have written the Septuagint, when, and why.
This book is a comprehensive answer to anyone who tries to insert the Apocrypha in your Bible.