Many Christians don’t take reading their Bibles seriously, even though I teach it in the context of both the university and the church. How many books in Old Testament, how many books in New Testament, and How Many Books In The Catholic Bible? The article below will provide you with complete knowledge of this Bible from Penn Book.
How Many Books In The Catholic Bible?
The Catholic Bible is a sacred text for catholic Christians. It is published under Catholic canon law. It contains 46 books from the old testament, 27 books from the new testament, making it 73 books.
The deuterocanonical book is the Greek Septuagint Collection used to create the book of the Old Testament. It doesn’t contain a collection of Masoretic Hebrew text. It is translated from all Hebrew and Aramaic languages as well as Greek languages.
Many stories, texts, and incidents are found in it, which are called god’s words. There are many books in the library, including wisdom books, prophetic and historical books, revelations, etc. These parts include stories that guide their followers, stories about Christ, and books that contain direct words from the gods.
There are many other translations available in English. Some examples of English-translated versions of the catholic Bible include Knox Bible, Douay-Rheims Bible, and Jerusalem Bible. The Council of Trent still believes Vulgate is the official translation of the Bible.
Many other bible versions were created over time, including the protestant Bible. However, it retained the same form as when it was first made.
The Bible: 66 books vs 73 and Why (the “Apocrypha” Explained)
Let’s start by agreeing to disagree. Below is a list of 7 books that Catholics include and that Protestants don’t.
- Wisdom (also called the Wisdom of Solomon)
- Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus)
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
Additional passages are also found in the Catholic Bible’s books of Esther and Daniel. It is important to remember that both the Catholic and Protestant New Testaments have identical content. Both contain the same 27 books.
Why Do The Catholics Use These 7 Books?
According to Catholic sources, there were two major “canons” that governed the Old Testament during the time of Christ. The first was the “Palestinecanon”, which is identical to that of the Protestant Old Testament. The second was called the “Alexandrian Canon” and was the Septuagint.
According to Catholics, the Bible Christ and his Apostles used was the Septuagint or the Alexandrian Canon. The Septuagint (or Hebrew Scriptures) is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament).
Catholics believe that the Septuagint includes the additional seven books that are the subject of this article.
The following quote comes from The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, published in 1907. It was awarded a Nihil Obstat from a Doctor in Sacred Theology and an Imprimatur from an Archbishop. The full text of this article can be found here.
These additional Scriptures were conveyed into the Catholic Church through the ancient Greek Old Testament, also known as the Septuagint. The Septuagint was the Bible of Hellenist or Greek-speaking Jews, whose intellectual center was Alexandria.
The Catholics believe that the Septuagint was Christ’s Bible. It is simple logic: “If it was good enough to Christ, it’s good enough to us.”
If you believe Christ used Septuagint, that’s a valid argument. Both sides have evidence, which we’ll examine later.
Catholic Bible books in order
- 1 Samuel
- 2 Samuel
- 1 Kings
- 2 Kings
- 1 Chronicles
- 2 Chronicles
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
- The Proverbs
- The Song of Songs
- Ecclesiasticus / Sirach
- Acts of Apostles
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Timothy
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter
- 1 John
- 2 John
- 3 John
Apocrypha Or Deuterocanonical?
These seven books are referred to by both their names, which is quite an unimportant side-note. Apocrypha is “hidden”, and deuterocanonical means “second canon”. Although Deuterocanonical might be more correct, they are still referred to as both. They were called “apocryphal” by several early Catholic saints and church fathers.
“Infallibly” Part Of The Canon
Catholicism claims to be “infallible” in moral and faith matters. Infallible is “devoid of the possibility that you might be wrong”. Officially, the Catholic Church declared the seven books in dispute to be part of the Bible. If the Catholic Church is infallible, it’s pointless to continue studying because they can’t be mistaken.
Why were books removed from the Catholic Bible?
These texts might not have been included in the Canon for a variety of reasons. These texts may not have been well-known to many people, or their content might not be compatible with the Bible’s other books. These books are found in the Old Testament of Roman Catholic Bibles.
Can Catholics read the Bible?
Catholics, like other Christians, can now hear, see, sing and pray the Bible. This multifaceted immersion in scripture has been made possible by technology and social media.
Why do Catholics pray the rosary?
Catholics believe that the Rosary provides a way to overcome severe trials, temptations, and hardships in life. They also believe it is one of the greatest weapons available to them to fight against all evil.