In class, we are going to begin discussing the books referred to as “apocryphal” or “deuterocanonical.” “Apocrypha” is a slightly more negative term used by Protestants who do not consider these texts canonical. “Deuterocanonical” is the term preferred by Catholics and Eastern Orthodox who do count these texts as canonical. The word means something along the lines of “second canon.”
I know that many of you grew up in different religious traditions. Did anyone ever tell you that Catholics had added books to the Bible? Or, did anyone ever tell you that Protestants had taken some out? What were the reasons that they gave as to why? Or, did they not give any reasons at all?