A number of those books (as Ive mentioned in my previous post) are indeed scripture. Its that we have been conditioned to believe in the protestant narrative. The printing press was invented in the west, so it became easy to print whatever they thought should constitute the table of contents of the new testament.
The fact is the following books are indeed scriptures of the Eastern Orthodox Church (of the second tier as alluded to by St Cyril Of Jerusalem and St Athansius)) and verified by the canonical lists approved by Trullo.:
Revelation- Placed on the second tier by every eastern father except for Athanasius, and is indeed a second tier book in the byzantine church since its never read in Church. 'Canonical scripture' is just an adjective to describe the first tier books read openly in liturgy, hence Revelation is non-canonical.
1&2 Clement- Listed in the Canons of the Holy Apostles (as mentioned by David post #1) whose canons were ratified at Trullo, . These two books are also contained in the Codex Alexandrinus
Didache- Listed as deuterocanonical by St Athanasius in his 39th epistle alongside Tobit, Esther, Judith, Wisdom of Sirach and Hermas. Found in the Codex Sinaiticus
Hermas- (See above). St Athanasius 39th festal epistle was recieved as canonical at Trullo. Found in the Codex Sinaiticus
Barnabas- Not mentioned in any of the canonical lists but its found complete in the Codex Sinaiticus, as well as in the latin Codex Claromontanus. St Irenaeous and other early church Fathers consider it scripture.
Secondly the list of NT books of the African Code of Carthage (whose canons were also received by Trullo) makes clear that aside from the canonical books which are the only books to be read openly in Liturgy, the Martyrdoms of the saints are also sanctioned to be read publicly in church on the anniversary of their memorials. Thus even the Martyrdom of Polycarp and excerpts of the epistles of Ignatius who wrote them on his way to being martyred hold a special status among the holy writ.
We need to rediscover our holy books and not rely on outsiders telling us falsely which books we believe in.
Edited by Kosta, 18 June 2015 - 04:35 AM.