First video covers early morning (3:45 AM – 9:00 AM) Via Dolorosa, touching top of Calvary and Mass at the Tomb — very special and emotional for the folks.

Second video covers the rest of the day. Including Western Wall and later dinner on the roof of Jerusalem.

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Sola Scriptura and the Canon of Scripture

by Steve Ray on May 23, 2018

Sola Scriptura and the Canon

When non-Catholics are asked to provide biblical support or their belief that the Bible Alone is the sole rule of faith for the believer, they usually cite 2 bible11Timothy 3:16-17 which states that “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful”. However, they somehow miss the fact that the two verses immediately prior stress the importance of oral teaching and the teaching authority of the Church. Here is the entire passage with context added:

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Verse 14: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of (Timothy had learned the Gospel and become convinced that it was true by Paul’s ORAL preaching and teaching. This oral preaching and teaching is known to Catholics as Sacred Tradition.), because you know those from whom you learned it (Timothy had learned the Scriptures first from his mother and grandmother, and then the full gospel from Paul, an Apostle (and Bishop) of the Church, and possibly from other Church leaders whom Timothy had heard preaching and teaching. The teaching authority of the Church is known to Catholics as the Magisterium.) ,

Verse 15: and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures (Timothy would have known only the Old Testament scriptures from his infancy since the New Testament had not been written or completed at the time Paul’s letter to Timothy was composed. However, the New Testament is recognized as part of the Bible, the written Word of God. This is known to Catholics as Sacred Scripture.), which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (Only after commending the Tradition “handed on” from the Magisterium does Paul go on to discuss the nature of Sacred Scripture in the following verses.)

Verse 16: All Scripture is God-breathed (referring exclusively to the Hebrew Scriptures) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Viewed this way, we can see that 2 Timothy 3:14-17 does not support the doctrine of sola scriptura at all. In fact, the opposite is true. (Compare: 1 Cor 11:2; 2 Thess 2:15, 3:6.)

Another point to consider is that Paul’s disciple, Timothy, was a Greek, and the Old Testament that Timothy would have been most familiar with from the time of his youth was the Greek Septuagint. Because of his travels outside of Israel, Paul, too, would have been familiar with and would have used the Greek version of the Old Testament writings. Eighty percent of Paul’s quotations of the Old Testament in the New are from the Greek Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Bible. Therefore, in this passage of scripture, Paul encouraged Timothy to continue in what he had learned from the Septuagint.

This has important implications for a controversy concerning seven books of the Old Testament now known collectively to Catholics as the “Deuterocanonicals” and to Protestants as the “Apocrypha”. Catholics consider the Deuterocanonicals to be inspired scripture while Protestants reject them. The Greek Septuagint contains these seven books while the Hebrew version of the Old Testament does not. (For more on this topic, see Gary Michuta’s excellent book Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger).

There is no doubt that the Septuagint was known to and used by Jesus, Paul and Timothy and yet, in the 16th century, Martin Luther removed these seven books from the Bible because they contain passages that support distinctly Catholic doctrines like praying for the dead and purgatory—doctrines which he rejected. Luther justified his action in part upon the fact that the some Jews themselves rejected the Deuterocanonicals as part of their canon.

The-Septuagint-600x330This development in the history of the Jewish canon is interesting in itself. Beginning as early as 90 A.D. some Jewish leaders began to re-think which books of the Bible should and should not be considered scripture. In the second century, the Jews questioned the Deuterocanonical books due in large part to the fact that the early Christian Church was using the Deuterocanonicals to support the Christian belief in the resurrection from the dead.

The Jewish scriptures were being used to win converts to the Christian faith! Consequently, some two centuries after Christ’s death and resurrection, the Jews are often thought to have questioned the Deuterocanonical books which taught the resurrection. Martin Luther used their doubt to justify his own. (For more on the “Council of Jamnia and the collection of Old Testament books, read my article The Council that Never Wasn’t as published in This Rock Magazine.)

This leads to a couple of obvious questions: “Why would the Holy Spirit guide a group of rabbis on matters related to the Old Testament canon when there was already a Christian Church in existence that was under His infallible guidance as Jesus had promised? And why should Luther accept the revised Hebrew canon instead of the canon of the Septuagint that had been used by St. Paul and from then on in continuous use in the Church for over fifteen centuries?

Luther picked that truncated canon for the same reason the rabbis did:  in order to undermine the teachings of the Catholic Church which did not fit his new theology.

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Started with very moving Mass at Gethsemane with lots of tears and a fantastic homily you can watch here.

Paternoster Church and Ascension on Mount of Olives. Viewing American flags waiving with Israeli flags in the streets. Viewed the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Lunch at Kibbutz and everything Mount Zion: Dormition of Mary, Upper Room and St. Peter in Gallicantu followed by two hours free time.

AMAZING!!! We entered the crowded Holy Sepulchre without lines, escorted into the Tomb with blaring organ and greetings by the Franciscans! You won’t believe it!

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Bias in Bible Translations

May 22, 2018

Translating Holy Scripture is a necessary process by which the sacred text is provided in various languages, usually rendered from the original languages. Not all translations are created equal. Some result from one scholar’s work, others the work of a committee of scholars. Some are literal while others tend toward paraphrase. Translation resembles a sliding […]

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All Day Birth of Christ and Bethlehem

May 21, 2018

Driving thru Wall around Bethlehem, Shopping spectacular, Mass in Cave in Bethlehem, Shwarma or Falafil?, touching birthplace of Jesus, Carmelite Convent, and dinner with Passover Lamb and dancing. Click here for Fr. Dan’s Bethlehem homily. PART ONE: PART TWO:

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History of the Bible Chart

May 21, 2018

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Mass at Capernaum, Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation and Arriving in JERUSALEM!

May 20, 2018

Today was Pentecost Sunday which is very special for Janet and I and our family. It was 24 years ago today that we were received into the Catholic Church with tears of joy. My eyes welled up with tears many times today just recalling that event while we’re traveling through the Holy Land. What a […]

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Dear Protestant: Where Did You Get Your Bible?

May 20, 2018

From Little Catholic Bubble website Leila@LittleCatholicBubble Dear Protestant: Where did you get your New Testament? At least a couple of times every week, Protestants use New Testament verses to show me where the Catholic Church is wrong about something. I always make them take the necessary step back by asking the following: “Where did you get your […]

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Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border, Tabgha, Primacy & Feast

May 19, 2018

Another great day! Fr. Dan’s excellent homily at Beatitudes Here. Much of Steve’s talk about Peter at Caesarea Philippi here. PART 1 PART 2

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Quiz: Did Jesus Found a Church on Pentecost and If So, Where Is It?

May 19, 2018

I am sharing this from John Martignoni’s e-mail and website at www.BibleChristianSociety.com. Thanks for your good work John! 1) Did Jesus found a church?  A) Yes; Matt 16:18  2) How many churches did Jesus found?  A) One; the church is the Body of Christ and there is only one body of Christ – Rom 12:5, […]

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Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth- Enjoy!

May 18, 2018

Enjoy  our first full day in the Holy Land. It’s always great to start with Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration and Fr. Dan did not disappoint us with his homilies at Transfiguration and Cana.

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Mary and the “Other Body of Christ” — A Reflection on Pentecost

May 18, 2018

Mary and the Other Body of Christ The room was pretty full. It was warm but a gentle breeze was blowing—that would change. There was fear in the room. The Roman army was a thing to be feared, they had just crucified Jesus and it was a dangerous thing to associates of an executed criminal. […]

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Arrival in Israel; Mass on Shore of Galilee!

May 17, 2018

Everyone arrived in the Tel Aviv Airport safely and ready to go. We’re all excited for another excellent pilgrimage following our Lord and Lady.  Enjoy our arrival, trip up to Tiberias and Mass and the Sea of Galilee.  Very appropriate first Mass to open a Pilgrimage HERE.

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Arrival in Israel; Mass on Shore of Galilee!

May 17, 2018

Everyone arrived in the Tel Aviv Airport safely and ready to go. We’re all excited for another excellent pilgrimage following our Lord and Lady.  Enjoy our arrival, trip up to Tiberias and Mass and the Sea of Galilee.  Very appropriate first Mass to open a Pilgrimage HERE.

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I’m excited to share Daily Catholic Wisdom with you!

May 17, 2018

I think you’ll love this new, simple way to explore our rich Catholic tradition. I was honored to see that Daily Catholic Wisdom recently featured my talk The Birth of the Catholic Church! Sign up to receive a snippet of Catholic thought every morning from literary giants, beloved saints, and relevant voices from today. Read it in 60 […]

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How Well Do You Know Jesus and His Land? Multiple Choice Questions.

May 17, 2018

Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge. How much do you know about Jesus and his Land? Answers are below in the Comments but DON’T CHEAT until you give it a hero’s try! 1. We have no record of Jesus visiting which place? a. The Phoenician Coast b. Tiberias c. Egypt d. Nain 2. […]

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