Dake in God's Plan for Man called them a group of spurious books that were rejected from our present cannon of Scriptures. On pages 14-15 he listed 13 reasons and he said they are self- contradictory and opposed to doctrines of Scripture #8 p. 15.
I have never read them and was wondering a few things about them if anyone has read them.
1) Does anyone know of specific contradictory statements with scripture contained in those books?
2) Is there any benefit in reading them?
I do not want to waste time in reading them if they contradict scripture and have no benefit. Thanks.
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As I understand it, the Early Church read from and used the books in question, especially when it came to some claims about Jesus. Up to that point, at least some sects of Judaism accepted these books (not all sects did), but Judaism (as a whole) did not have an official canon of scripture. As Christianity spread, there was a decision made by a Jewish Pharisaical group at Javneh as to define the books that they accepted in their canon. Those books that are commonly called the apocryphal books were cut, because they were considered to be too popular among Christians.
I think the main reason that most Protestants reject them is because the Jews rejected them without considering why the Jews rejected them.
Here's a short defense of the Deuterocanonical Books from a Roman Catholic point of view.
Thou through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Thy precepts.
Psalms 119:98-100 King James Version