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The 'canonical' books of The Bible (ie those that have been accepted into the Bible) were only included after a great deal of research, discussion - and prayer. Therefore the books that are accepted by all denominations (like the Pentateuch, history books, the prophets, psalms, etc of the Old Testament, and the Gospels, Acts and letters of the New Testament) as being worthy of scripture were chosen by very strict rules. In fact, Revelation, the last bok of the Bible, caused some controversy and was only iincluded after a great deal of discussion and prayer, after which it just 'scraped in'. There were many other books that did not meet the requirements to be included in scripture. Among these were books that could immediately rejected because they did not agree with the known records, or were biassed, or which were written a very long time aft the events they described. Also, there were other books that were in a 'grey area' that were not authoritative enough to include in scripture, but were not necessarily the low standard of the rejected books. These books were included in some editions of the Bible, and not others. However, in most Bibles, especially those used by the Protestant Churches, these books were not included in the Old and New Testaments, but instead were included as a separate section between the two testaments. This section is called the Apocrypha (which means 'those that have been hidden away') and is avaiable either as part of some Protestant Bibles or sometimes as a collection of books in its own right. In the Anglican Church the 39 Articles of Faith (the doctrine as set down by the church in 1571 - hence the archaic language) state of the Apocrypha (in the 7th Article): "Of the Names and Number of the Canonical Books.

Genesis, The First Book of Samuel, The Book of Esther,

Exodus, The Second Book of Samuel, The Book of Job,

Leviticus, The First Book of Kings, The Psalms,

Numbers, The Second Book of Kings, The Proverbs,

Deuteronomy, The First Book of Chronicles, Ecclesiastes or Preacher,

Joshua, The Second Book of Chronicles, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,

Judges, The First Book of Esdras, Four Prophets the greater,

Ruth, The Second Book of Esdras, Twelve Prophets the less. And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following: The Third Book of Esdras, The rest of the Book of Esther,

The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Wisdom,

The Book of Tobias, Jesus the Son of Sirach,

The Book of Judith, Baruch the Prophet,

The Song of the Three Children, The Prayer of Manasses,

The Story of Susanna, The First Book of Maccabees,

Of Bel and the Dragon, The Second Book of Maccabees. All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical."

So the Protestant churches do not simply leave out the apocryphal books - they can use them, but do not regard them as scripture on which doctrine is based.

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First and Second Maccabees are two of the seven Deuterocanonical books which Martin Luther removed from his version of the Bible as they supported specific Christian teachings with which he disagreed. The Bible, as used in the Catholic Church uses the same Old Testament that Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, used, which was the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament made in the fourth century B.C.

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Is the book of Maccabees in The Old Testament?

The book of Maccabees is considered deuterocanonical, meaning it is accepted by some Christian denominations but not all. It is included in the Old Testament by the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, but not by Protestant denominations.

What are the 7 major books only in Catholic bibles?

Roman Catholic AnswerThe books in the Septuagint translation of the Bible which the protestants removed from their Bible are: TobitJudithadditions to EstherWisdomSirachBaruchadditions to Daniel1 Maccabees2 Maccabees

Is the Catholic Bible the same as the KJV?

The only difference is that there are a few books that the protestants and Anglican church omitted including the book of Wisdom. and changed some of the a Catholic I belive we should only be reading a Catholic bible.....

Does the Catholic Bible contain a sentence stating that you must not give or take blood tranfusions?

The only difference between the "Catholic Bible" and the "protestant Bible" is that the protestant Bible not longer contains the Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, I and II Maccabees, parts of Esther, and Daniel. There is no sentence in the Bible that contains a sentence condemning blood transfusions.

Does the Catholic Bible include Leviticus?

Roman Catholic AnswerFunny thing about that, the Catholic Church wrote and approved the Bible, all approved Bibles are "Catholic Bibles". Without the Catholic Church there would be no Bible today. The only non-Catholic Bibles are protestant Bibles, and the only difference in them, is that they have removed some books from the Old Testament with which they did not agree. So, to answer your question, of course the Bible includes the book of Leviticus.

Is there a Catholic Unholy Bible?

Roman Catholic AnswerOf course not! There is only one Bible, commonly referred to as the Holy Bible.

Where does it say in the Catholic Bible that baptism can be done by sprinkling?

Roman Catholic AnswerThere is only a Bible, the Bible used by the Catholic Church is the entire New Testament and the entire Old Testament. The only thing that makes it a "Catholic" Bible is the guarantee in the front of it that it conforms to the Bible as accepted by the Church since the fourth century. And, no, nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about sprinkling for baptism.

What Bible does a Catholic use and what does a Baptist use?

Yes, they are different. The Baptist bible, or any other bible that isn't catholic for that matter, has only 66 books. The Catholic bibble has many more books. These additional books, not found in your regular bible, are called the Apocryphal. These book are said to have more historical value.

Is the Bible the only book inspired by God?

Christians believe the Bible is the only inspired Book.

What Scriptures did the Catholic Church change in the Bible?

Roman Catholic AnswerYou are operating with a mistaken assumption. The Catholic Church wrote the Bible, the Catholic Church decided which books were canonical (included in the Bible), and the Catholic Church has conserved the Bible through the centuries. The only ones who changed any Scriptures in the Bible are the protestants, who, after fifteen centuries of a Bible preserved by the Catholic Church came along and threw books out of the Bible, and changed the meanings of books they would not throw out.

What is the value of the Aprocrypha in the study of the Old Testament?

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Is there a book in the Bible called Mary?

No there wasn't. The term "Blessed Mother Mary" comes from the Catholic faith. And though Mary was blessed above all women, in that she carried the Baby Jesus, she was not important in any other way to our salvation. We cannot pray to her for she was as we are, a person in need of the Lord as well.