To say that the Chaldee chapters "defile the hands" is the Rabbinic way of declaring their canonicity.
There are many others of more or less acceptance and canonicity.
To these Hugh John added a third, at least equal in canonicity, "Don't be dasht-mean."
He was well aware of the doubt which had prevailed as to the canonicity 53 of the splendid Epistle to the Hebrews.
From the earliest days the canonicity of this book has been disputed.
This author's view, then, for and against the canonicity looks somewhat undecided.
There was no question of its canonicity till the time of Jerome, who termed it a pseudepigraph.
Upon the testimony of Tertullian we very largely depend for our proof of the canonicity of the books of the New Testament.