Some Christians gave the word Apocrypha to the following books that have been omitted from the Protestant publications of the Holy Bible. They are, in order: Tobit Judith Sequel of Esther Wisdom of Solomon Wisdom of Joshua, Son of Sirach Baruch Sequel of the Book of Daniel 1 Maccabees 2 Maccabees Psalm 151 Calling these books “Apocrypha”... Continue Reading →
What is the Doctrine of Scriptures Alone (Sola Scriptura)? What is its Outcome Today?
By Fr. Gabriel Wissa - Parish Priest from St. George & St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church, Montreal, Canada. What is scriptures alone or what is sola scriptura? It is a doctrine believed in by our fellow brothers from the Protestant Denominations that means that the Bible is the Christian’s only source of faith. It is... Continue Reading →
By Fr. Antonios Kaldas - Parish Priest from Archangel Michael & St. Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, Sydney, Australia. You will notice that in the last post I listed the Bible as a subheading under the heading ‘Tradition’. I did this to emphasise the nature of role of the Bible in Orthodox (and Roman Catholic) Christianity, in... Continue Reading →
The Canonization of Scripture
I. Which Version of the Old Testament? Today, it is very common to know the list of Bible books “down pat” among Evangelicals – our kids sing songs in Bible School, etc. Every Bible keeps the books in the same order, and divides the Old Testament nicely into “the Law,” “The Prophets,” and ‘The Writings,”... Continue Reading →
The Holy Scripture (Bible)
The Orthodox Church believes that the Holy Scripture is the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the story in which God reveals His love for man throughout the history of mankind. The Old Testament tells of the history of that revelation from Creation through the Age of the Prophets. It contains 39... Continue Reading →