In New Martyr Daniel Sysoev’s book “The Law of God” he lists a 66 book canon and states the following:
In addition to these books, which are called canonical, i.e. standard, Scripture also has noncanonical books: [Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Judith, Tobit, 2 Ezra, 3 Ezra, 1-3 Maccabees]…These books contain all that is necessary for salvation. Someone asked Saint Anthony, ‘What should I do to please God?’ ‘What I command you, this keep faithfully,’ the elder replied. ‘Wherever you may go, always have God before you. Whatever you may do, have a witness to this in Holy Scripture’ (p. 14-15).
For more on the Orthodox view of the canon, I recommend seeing the article on Ancient Insights.
I often get asked what the “official position” of the Orthodox Church is on the so-called deuterocanon (i.e. the Wisdom of Solomon, Judith, Tobit, Bel and the Dragon, the History of Susanna, 1st & 2nd Maccabees, and the Wisdom of Sirach), because it’s popularly assumed that we hold the exact same position on these books as the Roman Catholic Church does, however I don’t think that’s the full picture. Below I have excerpted what I think are the most authoritative and definitive statements of the Orthodox Church on this question, and I think one can deduce the following conclusions from them:
First, the deuterocanon is part of Holy Scripture, meaning it is inerrant. This is very clear from the Council of Jerusalem +1672, which says quite plainly about the books in the deuterocanon, “we also judge [these] to be Canonical Books, and confess them to be Sacred Scripture.” However, the…
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