Does Revelation 22:18 Dispute the Deuterocanonical Books?

The bible versions used by Protestants only have 66 books while the Catholics church has 73 books. According to Protestants, the deuterocanonical books used by Catholics were just invented and added by the Catholic Church to support their doctrines.The bible versions used by Protestants only have 66 books while the Catholics church has 73 books.

According to Protestants, the deuterocanonical books used by Catholics were just invented and added by the Catholic Church to support their doctrines.
No knowledgeable bible scholars (Catholics and Protestants) particularly those who studied the original texts say the Catholic Church invented those books.

Sirach, Tobit and 1 and 2 Maccabees are all Jewish compositions which PRE-DATE the Jewish/Christian split. RABBINIC Judaism did not include them in the Hebrew Bible, but the Jews who followed Jesus did.

One of the best New Testament scholars who gave value to this statement is Dr. Bruce Metzger. 

Let us read his commentary in his book, Breaking the Code – Understanding the Book of Revelation, in page 106:

“When books were copied by hand, scribes would occasionally add comments of their own or leave out words they thought were unsuitable. John therefore includes at the end of his book a solemn warning (similar to that found in Deut. 4:2; 12:32) declaring that nothing should be added or deleted, for the very good reason that it is a revelation from God (22:18-19).”

In John 1:18, there are bible versions with the translation, “The Only Begotten Son (ὁ μονογενὴς υἱός)”.

Here is what Dr. Daniel B. Wallace said in Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament, page 74:“The alternate argument is that μονογενὴς θεὸς was original and that a scribe changed it to ὁ μονογενὴς υἱός because it fits well with Johannine style.”

Another one is in Hebrews 2:9. 

According to page 697 (New Testament Text and Translation Commentary) of Philip W. Comfort:It is possible that the variant arose due to a transcriptional error. Some scribe may have mistaken χαριτι (“by grace”) for χωρις  (“apart from”), or some scribe may have been mistakenly corrected the text of 2:9 in light of a marginal gloss in 2.8 explaining that “God” was excluded (χωρις) from everything that had been subjected to Jesus (see Bruce 1992, 28).

The Protestants like the King James Version with additional text written in 1 John 5:7-8 which is not in the ancient Greek manuscripts.

Do Protestant Bible Scholars agree with the interpretation of some Protestants and Pastors about Revelation 22:18 for the deuterocanonical books? 

According to a respected and New Testament scholar, Dr. Darell Bock, “This is just about adding to the book of Revelation.”

Here is what another New Testament scholar Dr. David deSilva, author of An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation said, ”I read those verses as pertaining to John’s intense desire for the textual integrity of Revelation, not the whole canon (whether the Protestant or Catholic canon). One can well understand, moreover, why John would be concerned.”

In another Exegetical Commentary of the Book of Revelation written by New Testament scholar Grant R. Osborne, we can read this:“The formula here is probably based on Deut. 4:2 (“Do not add to what I command you, and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you”) and perhaps 12:32 (“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it”). There the formula indicated that the Torah came directly from Yahweh and must not be “supplemented or reduced” (Craigie 1976: 130). In other words, it must be accepted and obeyed in its entirety. This is the key to the meaning of ἐπιθῇ /ἀϕέλῃ (epithē/aphelē, adds/takes away) here. As in Deuteronomy, Christ is warning against false teachers who distort the meaning of the prophecies by adding their own teaching to it or removing the meaning that God intended.” (Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Grant R. Osborne)

We will notice in this commentary, “Christ is warning against false teachers who distort the meaning of the prophecies by adding their own teaching to it or removing the meaning that God intended.”

Many religions in the Philippines misinterpret the meaning of prophecies written in the Bible like Isaiah 46:11 which most scholars say refer to King Cyrus. Yet, there are false teachers claiming it means another person.

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