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July 26, 2016

BARUCH

by Leslie John

BARUCH [1]

This book could not have been written before 150 B.C, and yet it is projected as if it was written by Baruch, a disciple of Jeremiah when the children of Israel were under Babylonian captivity. The contents of the book are, no doubt, appealing that God is against idolatry, keeping the Law of Moses, encouragement, promises etc. and yet because they were not the scriptures in the Jewish Bible (Tanakh) the book Baruch is removed from the Bible when it was canonized.

The first ten verses from Baruch Chapter 1 read as follows:

Quote: 1 And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon, 2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire. 3 And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of all the people that came to hear the book, 4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and of the king’s sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the people, from the lowest unto the highest, even of all them that dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud. 5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before the Lord. 6 They made also a collection of money according to every man’s power: 7 And they sent it to Jerusalem unto Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people which were found with him at Jerusalem, 8 At the same time when he received the vessels of the house of the Lord, that were carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of Juda, the tenth day of the month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Jada had made, 9 After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people of the land, from Jerusalem, and brought them unto Babylon. 10 And they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord our God; Unquote

  • Baruch was not really in Babylon 1:1,2 compare Jer.43:5-7
  • Baruch says the Jews would serve Babylon for 7 generations as against Jeremiah 25:11 which says they serve Babylon for 70 years;

But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all nations, whither they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah; Even men, and women, and children, and the king’s daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah. So they came into the land of Egypt: for they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus came they even to Tahpanhes. (Jeremiah 43:5-7)

Catholic Bible has 6 chapters in Baruch as against King James Bible 1611 has only 5 chapters in Baruch. The sixth Chapter of Catholic Bible is obviously another apocrypha Book called “Epistle of Jeremiah”. Catholic Bible Baruch 6:2 (“Epistle of Jeremiah”)reads:

“Once you have reached Babylon you will stay there for many years, as long as seven generations; after which I shall bring you home in peace”. Baruch 6:2

“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years” (Jeremiah 25:11)

[1] [– King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition]

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