Do you consider both the KJV and NIV versions of the New Testament to be scripture?Hi Melodist - Yes I do, don't hold to a "KJV only" viewpoint. Could you explain the reasoning behind your question? Thanks.
The reason I asked explicitly about the NT translations is because the two are translated from two different greek manuscripts and differ in places (the actual text, not just how it's translated), even though they have the same books. This is why some people and groups don't accept the NIV. If one can hold to a sola scriptura view and still accept multiple manuscript traditions as being divinely inspired scripture with the NT, then it may be easier to accept it in the OT. As a side note, most translations of the OT that rely on the Masoretic Text (the one used in Protestant translations) use the Septuagint as an aid in translating in some spots (Is 7:14 for example). Also the fact that the apostles quote from the Septuagint shows that it was in use at the time and greek speaking Jews were familiar with it.
Concerning the books found in the Septuagint (Catholic and Orthodox) that are not found in the Masoretic Text (Protestant), most if not all early Protestants considered them to be "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" with the exception of a couple of places that they found problematic for Protestant beliefs, they just didn't consider them to be "given by inspiration of God". They still included them in their bibles in a seperate section, and their removal from Protestant bibles is fairly recent and originally done more to cut down on printing costs than anything else.
As far as non-biblical quotes like when Paul quotes the greek pagan philosophers in Athens, he didn't quote them because he considered them to be scripture (even though that one quote has become so by being recorded in Acts), but because he knew it to be true and they already accepted and believed it.
Just a couple of thoughts.