But than again my good friend,if any person wants to read Maccabees,they can get a hold of a Catholic Bible and read it for themselves.We have two Catholic Bibles in this house and both contain the Books,the Protestant Bible do not have.<quoted text>
Herme good friend
The N.T. quotes of O.T., is not a basis of accepting the Deuterocanonical books....
If it were, then we would need to throw out, "Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon", since they are not quoted in the N.T....
Jesus, went to the Feast of the Dedication....what we now called Hannukah..., this was the defeat of Greco-Assyrian by the Maccabees....Fortunately, the Deuterocanonicals has I and II Maccabees. They of course have history and theology in them, and is the great final and solid statement by Jesus in the Temple, to the authorities that he is the Son of God.
It is a pity that Protestantism through out the Books of the Maccabees, they lost much of the linkage between Jesus and the latter part of Israel's history, and prophecy, that "the Gentiles will see the Savior of Israel...."(I Macc 4:11), and the continuation of the Hannukah....
By the Way how are you doing? Keeping up with everything? With the holidays and so on,work,and feeling like you are coming down with something,life is at times a challenge.But nothing compared to those who have had tornadoes of recent,and the whole upper East Coast and what they face.I can't complain!
The news is always a challenge to watch,after awile you want to just watch a good movie,and forget about all that is happening in this world.
The people here in Illinois have many challenges,we are faced with a full House of Democrats who are using everything in their disposal to make waste of anything good we have in this state.Long forgotten is the bi-partisanship that was so a century ago.Now we have the liberal slicing away of our pensions,and everything else.Many people I know have left the state,even some of the relatives I love who are staunch liberals have left and are living in states that are mostly Republican.
Aside from Politics,hope you and your family are doing fine,and the Christmas season will be a blessing to you as never before! In Christ!