Link of the Day: Why Catholics Have 7 More Books of the Bible

Today’s link of the day comes from Catholics United for the Faith (CUF), a Roman Catholic advocacy group:

Why Catholics Have Seven More Books of the Bible

Summary: At the time of the Reformation, the Protestants took it upon themselves to erase the deuterocanonical books of Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach a.k.a. Ecclesiasticus, and Baruch, citing theological inconsistencies with other parts of the Bible. CUF provides a concise and reasoned historical account of why the Protestants were in error.

Note: This post’s featured image is Rembrandt’s Philosopher in Meditation, which some Rembrandt students say may not actually be a philosopher in meditation but a scene from the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit, wherein the old man at the window is Tobit and the woman at the fireplace is Tobit’s wife Anna. There is also third figure at the top of the stairs, which you can see in this color-saturated version:

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I like to think the third figure is the angel Raphael.

Correction: A previous version of this post identified the woman in the painting as Tobit’s mother. She is Tobit’s wife, Tobias’ mother.

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