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_The Peshitta Holy Bible_ translated by David Bauscher
Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus provides evidence that Christians in the first few centuries of Christianity utilized the 'deuterocanonical' OT books of Wisdom and Sirach.

Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus
....however, only six books of the Greek Old Testament are represented. .... In the Old Testament, parts of Book of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach survived.[12]
12: Würthwein Ernst (1988). Der Text des Alten Testaments, Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, p. 85.

"a number of those deuterocanonical books rejected by Protestants were originally written in Greek"
Are you aware of any evidence including linguistic evidence in support of that?

"They're not part of the Hebrew canon"
Do you think we should listen to the what-is-canonical views of people who rejected Jesus as being the long-promised Messiah/King?

The Formation of the Jewish Canon
Outside factors, such as the rise of Christianity, probably played a part in moving Jewish authorities to define a canon.

The deuterocanonicals are part of an A.D. 382 canon:
Council of Rome
"Now indeed we must treat of the divine Scriptures, what the universal Catholic Church accepts and what she ought to shun. The order of the Old Testament begins here: Genesis, one book; Exodus, one book; Leviticus, one book; Numbers, one book; Deuteronomy, one book; Joshua [Son of] Nave, one book; Judges, one book; Ruth, one book; Kings, four books [that is, 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings]; Paralipomenon [Chronicles], two books; Psalms, one book; Solomon, three books: Proverbs, one book; Ecclesiastes, one book; Canticle of Canticles, one book; likewise Wisdom, one book; Ecclesiasticus, one book . . . . Likewise the order of the historical [books]: Job, one book; Tobit, one book; Esdras, two books [Ezra and Nehemiah]; Esther, one book; Judith, one book; Maccabees, two books" (Decree of Pope Damasus [A.D. 382]).

"the New Testament writers quote extensively from all the books in the Protestant canon minus five, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon"

Do you agree with this?:
How to Defend the Deuterocanonicals
Though there are no quotes, the New Testament does make numerous allusions to the deuterocanonical books.  For one strong example, examine Hebrews 11:35:
“Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release that they might rise again to a better life.”
Nowhere in the Protestant Old Testament can this story be found. One must look to a Catholic Bible to read the story in 2 Maccabees 7.

"I don't know why the Syriac Orthodox tradition, that puts such a high value on the Aramaic NT, wouldn't follow that tradition"
I don't understand.  The Peshitta OT has deuterocanonical books.  The Church of the East closed its canon before learning of 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.

"I'd like to see 2nd Peter axed by Evangelicals, and for very good reasons"
What are those reasons?

"a number of those deuterocanonical books rejected by Protestants were originally written in Greek"
Do you think any of the Peshitta OT's deuterocanonical books "were originally written in Greek"? If 'yes,' which ones?

My copy of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible includes material from Jubilees, 1 Enoch, Sirach, The Epistle of Jeremiah, and Tobit. Which if any of those books do you think "were originally written in Greek"?

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RE: _The Peshitta Holy Bible_ translated by David Bauscher - by DavidFord - 03-31-2020, 01:24 PM

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