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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Why Does Catholic Bible Have More Books?
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: A wonderful book has recently been published detailing this topic in more detail. It's called Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: The Untold Story of the Lost Books of the Protestant Bible.
The long and short of it is this. The reason why Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles is because in the 16th century, the Protestants took some books out of the Bible, and they significantly edited a few books as well. In addition to that, some key books from the New Testament were initially removed (Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation) by the German reformer Martin Luther. However, his followers put them back in after his death.
The Protestant Reformation is a lesson in historical revisionism. Key reformers didn't like certain books in the Bible, so they just removed them. They didn't like certain historical Christian traditions either, so they just got rid of them. Granted, they used all kinds of academic reasoning to justify their actions, and many Protestants still do today in defense of those actions, but after all is said and done, it is a historical FACT that Protestants were the group chiefly responsible for altering the number of books in the Christian Bible. Academic reasoning cannot justify this, because after all is said and done, the only people who have the AUTHORITY to alter the Bible are those responsible for publishing the original compilation (version) of it. The original compilation of the Bible, consisting of 46 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books, was first published as a single volume in 367 AD by St. Athanasius in northern Africa. This compilation was confirmed and canonized as the universal Christian Bible by 400 AD. Prior to that, there was no universal Christian Bible, and the holy scriptures used throughout the Christian world varied based on geographical location. It was the Catholic Church that standardized (canonized) it, and made St. Athanasius' list of books the standard Bible for the whole Christian world. This was done based on St. Athanasius list of 27 New Testament books (Matthew through Revelation) and the universal acceptance of the Greek Septuagint as the Old Testament throughout the Christian world. (The Greek Septuagint was the standard Old Testament most commonly used by the apostles of Jesus during their 1st century ministry.) For over 1,000 years (AD 400 though 1530) this remained the same. Then in the 16th century, the Protestant reformers changed all that, based on their academic assumptions (many of which were later proved wrong). As a result they truncated the Old Testament down to 39 books, and deleted entire chapters from the Old Testament books of Daniel and Esther. Simultaneously, Martin Luther (the father of the Reformation) also deleted four books from the New Testament (Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation), but as I said above, his followers placed those books back in after his death. Now to this very day, most Protestant Bibles are still missing 7 key Old Testament books, and entire chapters of Daniel and Esther. In summary, Protestant Bibles are INCOMPLETE.
I should point out here that in an effort to unite Catholics and Protestants in England, and restore some of English Christian tradition, King James I authorized the translation of all 46 Old Testament books. Thus the famous 1611 Authorized King James Version contained the entire Bible, including the 7 books deleted by the Protestant reformers as well as the lost chapters of Daniel and Esther. These portions of the Bible were inserted into a separate section of the King James Version called the "Apocrypha" which means "disputed books" recognizing the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Protestant reformers. The Apocrypha remained a part of the King James Version until the 1880s, when it was removed by the publisher in England to "save paper." Some King James Version publishers in the United States continued to publish the Apocrypha until as late as the 1930s, but eventually dropped it for similar reasons. It is interesting to note that in recent years, some publishers of the King James Version have gone back to their original practice, and are publishing the Apocrypha in their Bibles once again. To find one, you have to shop around. One such example is the Holy Bible: King James Version 1611 Edition, which is a literal reprint of the actual 1611 version published 400 years ago. It's a beautiful example of historic English literature.