Saturday, 22 October 2016

Are they all Inspired?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Catholic Church (Canon: 73 books)
The Catholic church as we have mentioned carries a canon of 73 books that includes Tobit, Judith, Greek additions to Esther(from the LXX), Sirach, Baruch, the letter of Jeremiah, three Greek additions to Daniel (the Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the three Jews, Susanna, and Bell and the Dragon), 1 and 2 Maccabees. 
The Protestant Church (Canon: 66 books)
Unlike the Catholic Church, the Protestant Church does not follow the Septuagint or the Latin Vulgate in its canon of scripture. Rather, it follows the Hebrew canon and the 27 books of the New Testament. This yields a total of 66 books as mentioned at the beginning of the article.
Greek Orthodox Church (Canon: 77 books)
The canon of the Greek Orthodox Church includes the all the books of the Catholic canon and in addition to that it also includes 1 Esdras, the prayer of Menasseh, Psalms 151, and 3 Meccabees. That means the Greek Orthodox canon consists of 77 books. The Slavonic canon on the other hand includes 2 Esdras, but designates 1 and 2 Esdras as 2 and 3 Esdras. Other eastern churches have 4 Meccabees as well.  
The Coptic Church(Canon: 29 books in NT)
The canon of the Coptic Church contains all the 27 books, but, adds the two epistles of Clement.[17] This means the Coptic New Testament canon consists of 29 books.
The Ethiopic Church (Canon: 81 books)
The Ethiopic canon is divided into what is called the ‘narrower’ canon and ‘broader’ canon.
“The Ethiopic church has the largest Bible of all, and distinguishes different canons, the “narrower” and the “broader,” according to the extent of the New Testament. The Ethiopic Old Testament comprises the books of the Hebrew Bible as well as all of the deuterocanonical books listed above, along with Jubilees, I Enoch, and Joseph ben Gorion’s (Josippon’s) medieval history of the Jews and other nations. The New Testament in what is referred to as the “broader” canon is made up of thirty-five books, joining to the usual twenty-seven books eight additional texts, namely four sections of church order from a compilation called Sinodos, two sections from the Ethiopic Book of the Covenant, Ethiopic Clement, and Ethiopic Didascalia. When the “narrower” New Testament canon is followed, it is made up of only the familiar twenty-seven books, but then the Old Testament books are divided differently so that they make up 54 books instead of 46. In both the narrower and broader canon, the total number of books comes to 81.” (emphasis added)

List of many early versions of the New Testament 
1. The Latin Versions
a) The Latin versions before Jerome
b) Jerome’s Latin Vulgate
2. The Syriac Versions
a) The Old Syriac Versions
b) The Peshitta Syriac Version
c) The Philoxenian and/or Harclean Versions
d) The Palestianian Syriac Version
3. The Coptic Versions
a) The Sahidic Version
b) The Bohairic Version
c) Other Coptic Versions
4. The Gothic Version
5. The Armenian Version
6. The Georgian Version
7. The Ethiopic Version
8. The Nubian Version
9. The Old Arabic Versions
10. The Old Slavic Versions

Return of the fig tree!

Jesus sinned by destroying the fig tree according to the Torah, Whereas a Rabbi prayed and Figs appeared !   

And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. 
(Mark 11:13-14)


Notice how Jesus of the bible thought there were figs on the tree not knowing it wasn't the seasons of figs! So decided to destroy the fig tree, however The Torah tells us destroying a tree of Fruits is prohibited even those of an enemy in the time or war!

When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them? (Deuteronomy 20:19)


Now coming back to the story of Jesus and the fig tree, this indeed is a very problematic story for Christians. If Jesus really was the Son of god and could perform miracles, then he had no power to cause the tree to bear fruits but instead destroying it. According to the Talmud this actually  occurred. The Talmud describes a story wherein Rabbi yosi's son wanted to feed his workers and the fig tree had not figs. Rabbi yosi cried out loud " fig tree fig tree send forth your fruit" and the tree produced figs and they ate.  (Talmud  Tannis 24a )

The story from the Talmud  just nailed it !!! All the Rabbi did was ask and Bham figs blossomed....

Serpant or Satan?

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the...