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Was the Council of Trent the First Ecumenical Council to Canonize the Deuterocanonical Books? – CHS 84

Was the Council of Trent the First Ecumenical Council to Canonize the Deuterocanonical Books?

In general introductions to the history of the Bible or in books critical of Catholic Christianity, the claim is often made that the Council of Trent was the first ecumenical Council to canonize the Deuterocanonical books. This claim is made in order to give the impression to the reader that the Council of Trent’s decision to canonize the Deuterocanonical books was novel and unprecedented in the history of Christianity. In this episode, we evaluate the veracity of this claim by looking at the records of other medieval councils that spoke about the canonicity of the Deuterocanonical books. Join us this week as we discuss the status of the Deuterocanonical books in the late medieval church.

An image of the Council of Trent meeting in assembly. The presiders of the council are set to the left with the bishops and theologians to the right.

An image of the council fathers gathered at Trent

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