Why Did The Vatican Remove 14 Books From The Bible in 1684?

Fourteen books were removed from the bible by the Vatican in 1684, but why?

Christianity has a fairly sketchy past, if you scratch the surface just a little.

Cover-ups and disreputable claims are all part of the long history of the Church, and it seems they are always having to cover themselves to keep the faithful in line.

While the Bible is seen as some by the ‘divine word of God’, why then has it been changed and amended so many times over the years?

The Bible was first translated into English from Latin in 1611, but the first 14 book that had been there before were completely omitted.

The missing books were-

  • 1 Esdras
  • 2 Esdras
  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • The rest of Esther
  • The Wisdom of Solomon
  • Ecclesiasticus
  • Baruch with the epistle Jeremiah
  • The Songs of the 3 Holy children
  • The history of Susana
  • bel and the dragon
  • The prayer for Manasses
  • 1 Maccabees
  • 2 Maccabees

In the original editions of the Bible, Jesus’s name was actually spelled Iesus and was pronounced as Yahashua. The name was changed but we can only speculate as to why, was it changed to fit in with a change in the demographic of the followers of the religion?

One of the most interesting of the books that were left out is the so called ‘Wisdom of Solomon’. He is painted in the Bible as one of the wisest figures, but the following excerpt was not carried forwards.

Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-24

1 For the ungodly said reasoning with them selves, but not aright, our life is short and tedious and in death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave.

2 For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath of our nostrils is as smoke, and the little spark in the moving of our heart

3 Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,

4 And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away, with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof.

5 For our time is very shadow that passeth away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again.

6 Come on there for let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.

7 Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the Spring pass by us.

8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered:

9 Let none of us go without his part of our voluptuousness: let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion and our lot is this.

10 Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged.

11 Let our strength be  the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth.

This Solomon, who was whitewashed for the ‘new’ edition speaks of a very different dogma to the one we are usually presented with. This tirade is full of anger and wrath. Was this left out because it was too extreme?

How, then can we trust what was left in, if it was purposefully assembled to be a one sided version of events?