Thursday, 10 March 2016

4 Maccabees was once part of the Catholic Bible, but only in Romania

The First and Second Books of Maccabees are part of the Catholic but not of the Protestant Bible. I just discovered that in the 18th and 19th centuries the Fourth Book was part of the 1688 Romanian Orthodox translation of the Bible and of the Romanian Bible used in the Greek Catholic (or Uniate) Church, which uses the Orthodox rite but is part of the Catholic Church. In that Bible it was called "Iosip". It is no longer printed in Romanian Bibles today.

Apparently, the Georgian Orthodox Bible also includes it and, In the past, an edition of the Russian Orthodox Bible did.

1 comment:

  1. Yes well Luther was opposed to any necromancy other than those miracles associated with Jesus, although current Protestant canonical thought is that they are useful for in instruction but not essential to the message of salvation, I can't imagine Romanian Orthodox priests allowing for strigoi either..