In reply to message #1
Shlama Akhi Shmuel,
We have the utmost reverence for these books and consider them to be pious works, and would never suggest throwing them away.
The question of their authentic apostolic authorship aside, these books never were included in our canon, our manuscripts do not include them.
If I were to include them, I would be giving the false impression to people that they belong inside the Peshitta canon. Also, I would be criticized for doing so by those within my own community.
Since this website is dedicated to the Peshitta version of the Church of the East, and not the Peshitto version of the Western Church Canon, it naturally should follow the canon represented by their early manuscripts, and also the order of their books, which differs from that of the West.
The same argument can be made for the many books included in the Ethiopian or Coptic canon, they have books like 3 Corinthians and others. I cannot include those. They were never part of this tradition.
It would be like asking the Orthodox Jews to include Tobit in their canon because the Roman Catholic Church & Church of the East consider it canonical. We cannot ask them to do that, it is their own tradition.
Besides, I really (honestly) have no copy electronically of the 5 disputed books, and it would take a long time to do.
Finally, these works were not written originally in Aramaic, but in Greek. There is no purpose in putting up an Aramaic translation here of a Greek work. If we want to understand Revelation better, it is better to go directly to the original Greek rather than an Aramaic translation.
I hope this explains my position better - I'm not trying to be disrespectful, only respectful to the canon and tradition I am translating.