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Catholic Bible vs. Protestant Bible


If you’ve ever read through the books of the Catholic Bible you may have noticed some additional books  vs. most Protestant Bibles.

Protestant Bibles consists of 66 books which are considered to be divinely inspired were as the Catholic Bible includes all 66 plus seven extra books. The additional books in the Catholic Bible are found in the Old Testament and include: Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus/Sirach, Baruch, 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees bringing the total to 73 books.

So why the Difference?

The difference between the two has to do with how each defines what are divinely inspired books.

In the third and fourth century, church councils met to determine which books were to be considered divinely inspired based upon their own pre conceived prejudices.

At the time, there was also a Greek Old Testament in circulation (known as the Septuagint), which contained all of the books in the traditional Old Testament, plus additional books that had been written in between the time of the Old and New Testaments which included the seven additional books.

Protestants argued that the additional seven books were not contained in the Hebrew Bible (the 39 books of the traditional Old Testament) and thus should not be a part of the Christian Bible.


*The extra Catholic books are in red

Pentateuch Historical Books Poetical / Wisdom Major Prophets Minor Prophets
Genesis Joshua Job Isaiah Hosea
Exodus Judges Psalms Jeremiah Joel
Levitics Ruth Proverbs Lamentations Amos
Numbers 1 Samuel Ecclesiastes Ezekiel Obadiah
Deuteronomy 2 Samuel Song of Solomon Daniel Jonah
1 Kings Wisdom of Solomon Baruch Micah
2 Kings Sirach Nahum
1 Chronicles Habbakuk
2 Chronicles Zephaniah
Ezra Haggai
Nehemiah Zechariah
Esther Malachi
1 Maccabees
2 Maccabees


The Church of God Proclaimed

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