Deuterocanonical books is a term used since the 16th century in the Catholic Church and Eastern Christianity to describe certain books and passages of the Christian Old Testament that are not part of the Hebrew Bible. The term is used in contrast to the protocanonical books, which are contained in the Hebrew Bible. This distinction had previously contributed to debate in the early Church about whether they should be read in the churches and thus be classified as canonical texts. The term is used as a matter of convenience by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and other Churches to refer to books of their Old Testament which are not part of the Masoretic Text.
The Deuterocanonical books are considered canonical by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, but are considered non-canonical by most Protestants. The word deuterocanonical comes from the Greek meaning 'belonging to the second canon'.
The original usage of the term distinguished these scriptures both from those considered non-canonical and from those considered protocanonical. However, some editions of the Bible include text from both deuterocanonical and non-canonical scriptures in a single section designated "Apocrypha". This arrangement can lead to conflation between the otherwise distinct terms "deuterocanonical" and "apocryphal".
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... Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox include books excluded by Judaism and later by Martin Luther, called the deuterocanonical books, which Protestants exclude ... The basis for these books is found in the early Koine Greek Septuagint translation of the Jewish scriptures ... with varying degrees of recognition, the so-called Apocrypha or deuterocanonical books." The traditional explanation of the development of the Old Testament canon describes ...
... of the New Testament canon The term deuterocanonical is sometimes used to describe the canonical antilegomena, those books of the New Testament which, like the deuterocanonicals of the Old Testament, were not ... The deuterocanonicals of the New Testament are as follows The Epistle to the Hebrews The Epistle of James The Second Epistle of Peter The Second Epistle of John The Third Epistle of John ...
... A number of books which are part of the Peshitta or Greek Septuagint but are not found in the Hebrew (Rabbinic) Bible (i.e ... among the protocanonical books) are often referred to as deuterocanonical books by Roman Catholics referring to a later secondary (i.e ... It includes 46 books for the Old Testament (45 if Jeremiah and Lamentations are counted as one) and 27 for the New ...
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