Unhappy Reformation Day! [COMIC]

It's the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther (NOT) nailing it. Here's a comic I drew up about the Luther Bible which removed several key books from the Christian Bible. Why would the Father of Sola Scriptura remove books from the Bible? Books which conveniently did not match his Protestant theology? See below for a quick answer to "Why do Protestants Bibles have less books"?


All Christians everywhere had been using the same version of the Old Testament for 1500 years ... and then Martin Luther comes knocking at the door. Guess which version of the Old Testament, i.e. the Jewish Scriptures, Jesus and the Apostles used? The same pre-Luther version. Why would Luther and, subsequently, John Calvin change this, especially with their emphasis on Sola Scriptura, the doctrine of authority residing in the Bible alone? It doesn't make any sense. 

The version of the Old Testament used by Jesus, the Apostles, St. Paul, and all Christians until the 1500s was the Septuagint version. It was the Greek translation of the Jewish scriptures. This was the translation commissioned by King Ptolemy of Egypt for his Library at Alexandria. Seventy Jewish scholars served as the translators - this is where the name "Septuagint" comes from. 

Martin Luther took out the following books form the Septuagint translation: Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, 1 & 2 Maccabees, and parts of Daniel and Esther. 

Why these books? The all important question! Because Luther didn't find these books in the canon of the Jews of his time. Luther took his Table of Contents from the Jews of his time over the Jews of Jesus' time, even over the canon of Jesus, Himself! 

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