Which books did the Church want to remove from the Bible?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Question: Which books did the Church want to remove from the Bible and why?

Answer: It may sound absurdly, but there are books in the Bible the Church wanted removed, and they are the epistle of James and the epistle of Jude.

The church wanted to remove the epistle of James from the Cannon, because in the minds of the Christian theologians James sounded and still sounds for many theologians very “legalistic”, i.e. “pro-Law”. (Read more) While the reason for the removal of the epistle of Jude was that the apostle quoted a book that had not been authorized by the Church: The Book of Enoch (see Jud 1:14). The apostle quotes 1Enoch 1:9,

And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His set-apart ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly, and to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

Evidently, Yeshua the Messiah did not authorize the Church to remove the letters of His two brothers, because we still have them in our Bibles. However, the Church did remove some books, the books of the Apocrypha, which used to be part of the original 1611 KJV Bible.

However, the Jewish theologians also wanted to remove a book from the Bible: the Book of Ezekiel, because of what was written in Eze 45:21-22.

The Rabbis (according to Hag. 13a) said that they sought to suppress the Book of Ezekiel because his words allegedly contradicted the words of the Torah, because why a bull and not lamb or goat is to be brought on the fourteenth day of the first month as a sacrifice in the millennium Temple? However, despite the controversy the Rabbis did manage to find the proper explanation to keep Ezekiel in the Tanak.