Catholic Bible Vs. Protestant Bible?
Question: Which books are in the Catholic Bible that are not part of the Protestant versions?
Answer: The 7 Deuterocanonical (Deuterocanonical simply means “second canon” because the canonicity of these books were disputed and resolved at a later date than the original canon of the Old Testament) books consist of Baruch, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Tobit, Judith, and the Wisdom of Solomon (plus portions of Esther and Daniel).
In the 16th century, these deuterocanonical books were removed from the Protestant Reformers’ Old Testament because they did not find them compatible with their theology — they were seen as books promoting Catholic doctrines which the Protestants rejected. These books were labeled “Apocrypha” which means “hidden or secrete books” and the Protestants declared these books as not being inspired Scripture.
In response to the Protestant attack on the integrity of Sacred Scripture, the Catholic Church, at the Council of Trent in 1546, dogmatically reaffirmed the canonicity of the Deuterocanonical books thus preserving the inspired Tradition of the Church which always held this belief.
In addition to the Deuterocanonical books, Martin Luther even removed 4 books of the New Testament which he found did not support his personal theology. These books are Hebrews, James, Jude, and the Book of Revelation. Other Protestant groups later reinserted these books back into their bibles while continuing to leave the 7 deuterocanonical books out.
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