I'm not sure it does, so I await xOrthodox4Christx's reply to my question, for it is really his answer I want.
Is that what xOrthodox4Christx meant to communicate in his reply?
It doesn't support Sola Scriptura because if it did, then the Jews would correct and Christians wouldn't be.That's actually a very weak argument. Why would the Jews be correct if 2 Timothy 3:16-17 supports sola scriptura?
See reply #1.
It certainly concurs with what I wrote.
The Jews wrote the Scriptura
. If it was all they needed, they'd have been right, and Christ would've been wrong. If you examine the arguments that both Jews and Christians make in relation to the nature of the Messiah, they don't differ all that much, they use the same verses to argue their points.
"But I find this argument very unconvincing and weak."
True, but at the time it was what came to mind. I can respond another way now though.
This: there was no Scriptura
in the first 400 years of the Christian era. Graphe
in Greek simply means "writing" as does the Scriptura
in Latin. There was no official listing of Sacred Writings held among the Jews or the Christians, of either the New or the Old Testaments until 400 years after Christ lived.
- Essenes: Believed that any number of Books were inspired, had copies of Judith, Tobit etc.
- Pharisees: Believed in the Palestinian Canon used today
- Sadducees: Believed only the Torah was inspired
- Samaritans: Only their version of the Torah was inspired
- Alexandrian Jews: Greek and Aramaic Deuterocanon were included
- Ethiopian Jews: Jewish Apocrypha like the Assumption of Isaiah etc. included
There simply was no consensus on what Scripture was
in Judaism. Neither was there in Christianity, for 400 years. There were debates about the NT canon made by Eusebius, Origen, Athanasius et al. And there were debates about the OT canon between Augustine and Jerome, to name a few.
The debate didn't even end there, because Martin Luther started it up again with his speculations on the NT books of James, Hebrews, Peter and Revelation and their inauthenticity in his mind, as well as that of the Septuagint Deuterocanon. (Antilegomena
The only Sola Scriptura that would've existed, given that Scriptura
wasn't even defined yet, would've been the Torah.