Why Are Catholic Bibles Longer that Other Christian Versions?

You may or may not know that Catholic bibles are slightly longer than other Christian bibles.  The Catholic Old Testament has 46 books in comparison to 39 in Protestant bibles. Both of our New Testaments contain 27 books.  How did this happen?  Do you know why it is so?

In about 367 AD, St. Athanasius came up with a list of 73 books for the Bible that he believed to be Divinely inspired. This list was approved by Pope Damasus I years later in 382 AD.  During the reformation, Martin Luther ( a former Catholic Augustinian monk) removed 7 books that did not agree with his personal theology or beliefs.

Basically, to simplify greatly, The Catholic Church accepts the divinely inspired scriptures written in the Greek and in Hebrew.  Protestants accept what was written in Hebrew only.  Have you ever heard of “The Septuagint?”  It was a Greek translation by translators of the Hebrew Word. The Septuagint includes the disputed 7 books that Protestants do not recognize as scriptural.

It’s interesting that in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the books of Tobit and Sirach were found, ( 2 of the disputed books not accepted by Protestants)  The people back then must have thought them to be Divinely inspired, because they were found with the book of Isaiah and other Old Testament books.

This will be important to understand when I make my post tomorrow about purgatory.  Stay tuned.



About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 14, 20 and 27. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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