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De Libris Canonicis et Apocryphis

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This chapter talks about the Canonical and Apocryphal books. Sacred Scripture (or the canonical books) is the arrangement or compendium of sacred books originally composed by God through his divinely inspired servants, with consideration for each era and people, in language best understood by them. These writings are called "the holy Writing of God", "sacred", "sacred writing", and simply "writing" or "writings". The ancients attribute the difference in style to the translation of Luke, or Clement, or someone else. Tertullian ascribes the work to Barnabas. The manner of expression exonerates the Revelation to John. These books are divine, authentic, and canonical; besides these the ones either the Greeks or Latins connected to them are called 'noncanonical', which one considers as human, ecclesiastical, and apocryphal books (Origen, in Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, book 6 chapter 19; Jerome, in the Preface).

Keywords: Apocryphal book; Canonical book; Clement; God; Luke; Sacred Scripture



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