The So-Called Apocrypha

Because these books were not found in the Masoretic text, Luther considered them a lower form of Scripture. Yet, these books are found in the much earlier translation, the Septuagint.

The Bible of the Early Church

By the time of Christ, the Septuagint was the translation used throughout the Mediterranean. Jesus and the Apostles were very familiar with the Septuagint because of the 350 (approx) quotes of the Old Testament contained in the New Testament, 300 are from the Septuagint.

Jesus as Tradition

The New Testament writings are not the revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus Himself is the revelation. The New Testament reflects this revelation. This revelation is handed down to the Apostles, and in turn, handed to the Church and is what we call Tradition.

Tradition in the Early Church

Those in the early church did not wait until inspired writings had come about to act on the teachings of Christ. They followed the tradition that was given to them. When writings did come about they did not forsake the tradition, but considered scripture and tradition to be on equal ground, complimenting each other, and originating from the Holy Spirit.

Tradition in the New Testament

Real traditions are being preserved in an otherwise uninspired book. The biblical writers are getting their information about God exactly the way Paul said they should, by tradition, both oral and written.

Tradition in the Scriptures

Often Jesus associates tradition with the “tradition of men.” There is a distinction between traditions of men and traditions given by the Holy Spirit. Those traditions that Paul commands us to obey come from the Holy Spirit and not of men.

The Bible and Apostolic Authorship

Neither Mark of Luke were apostles, but we consider what they write to be scripture based on their close ties to the Apostles. Mark to Peter and Luke to Paul.