Catholic Bibles Have 7 More Books than Protestant Bibles. Here's Why.

Catholic Answers Shares Why Catholic Bibles Have Seven More Books than Protestant Bibles

Dr. Michael Barber explains why Protestants exclude the Deuterocanonical books from their Bibles.

Book: Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger

Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger

Book by Gary Michuta

This book was mentioned by Dr. Michael Barber in the above video (synopsis from Amazon): Why do Catholic bibles have more books in their Old Testaments than Protestant and Jewish bibles? Did the Catholic Church add books to Scripture, or did Protestantism remove them? What was the bible of the earliest Christians? Does my bible have the same books as the historic Christian bible?

In this fascinating book, Gary Michuta takes the reader on a journey through history to find out what happened to these books of Scripture. Michuta traces the path of the Deuterocanon (apocrypha) from it pre-Christian roots through the Protestant Reformation to the nineteenth century and definitively settles the question of whether the Council of Trent added books to Scripture in reaction to Protestantism.

Not since 1897 has their been a book, written by a Catholic, on the topic of the Old Testament. Many commonly held myths are exposed, while uncovering little known and surprising information concerning these lost books of the Protestant bible. 

A review of the book (by John):

Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger tells the story of how some Protestants used the removal of the Deuterocanon from the Bible as a proxy for their attack on Catholicism. Some reviewers have characterized this work as unscholarly, but the 770 footnotes (not to mention the numerous in-line citations), and the argument-response approach of the author stand in evidence against that charge.

The facts are devastating to the Protestant case, which has been held as the conventional wisdom in the English-speaking Christian world, including among Catholics.

The following chain of facts was especially enlightening, as it shows the origin of the Deuterocanon being 'questionable':

* At the time of the Apostles, there exist various Jewish sects (Sadducees, Pharisees, and many others) most of whom have very sharp theological disagreements.

* There is no defined Jewish canon at this time, but many accept the Deuterocanon via the Greek Septuagint, which had been around for close to 2 centuries and held in great respect. Both Philo and Josephus ascribed divine inspiration to its authors

* The Dead Sea Scrolls testify to Deuterocanon books in Hebrew intermixed with the Protocanon.

* During the Second Jewish Revolt (A.D. 132-135) Christians (then still considered a Jewish sect) were pressured by Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph to renounce Jesus, join the revolt, and accept Bar Cochba as the Messiah.

* Christians refused this apostasy and were treated by Jews as heretics and traitors.

* The same Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph noted above becomes the first Jewish writer to explicitly reject the New Testament and the Deuterocanon - thus proving that Christians and some Jews saw the Deuterocanon as scripture, or Akiba would not have had to inveigh against it.

* Under Akiba in the middle of the 2nd century, Judaism begins to adopt a definitive canon that excludes the Deuterocanon, and this would eventually become the Masoretic Text.

So there it is. Well into the 2nd century of Christianity, the Deuterocanon is declared unclean by a Rabbi that also rejected the New Testament as revelation and Jesus Christ as the Messiah: Protestants, meet your canonical grandpa.

The above point is one of many established within the first 70 pages of this work. There is much, much more, and most of it is even more convincing since the historical record is richer as the author proceeds through the centuries.

Some other interesting points:

* An overwhelming number of the Early Fathers - including Jerome(1), whom Protestants make great appeal to - quoted the Deuterocanon as scripture in their writings, as did an astounding number of the early Reformers:

* The King James Version contained the Deuterocanon, with cross references from the Protocanon in the margins.

* The Feast of the Dedication mentioned in John 10 (Hanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, and the backdrop of Christ's light of the world speech) is only mentioned 1 Maccabees 4 of the Deuterocanon.

The saddest part of the whole mess is that the same tactics those Protestants steadily employed to slowly remove the Deuterocanon from the Bible eventually where taken up by the 'Enlightenment' and Modernists to attack first the Protocanon and eventually the New Testament. As the Reformed scholar Edward Ruess predicted: "the scoffs thrown at the little fish of Tobit will sooner or later destroy Jonah's whale."

(1) "Does not the Scripture say: 'Burden not thyself above thy power' [Sirach 13:2]..." (Jerome, To Eustochium, Epistle 108, in NPNF2, VI:207)

 

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How To Pray The Rosary

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. The Rosary is a powerful prayer to say, to meditate on the lives of Jesus and Mary.

The Rosary as we know it today was shared with the Church in 1214, brought to the Church by St. Dominic, who had received it from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting the Albigensians and other sinners. Seeing that the gravity of people's sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensians, Saint Dominic withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed continuously for three days and three nights.  

Our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and she said, "Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?" 

"Oh, my Lady," answered Saint Dominic, "you know far better than I do because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation." 

Our Lady replied, "I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter."

There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

You may also wish to pray the rosary online, with others or by yourself. As suggested by the Pope St. John Paul the Great, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, theSorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday (with this exception: Sundays of Christmas season - The Joyful; Sundays of Lent - Sorrowful).


 

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the"Apostles' Creed."
  2. Say the "Our Father."
  3. Say three "Hail Marys."
  4. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
  5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
  6. Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
  8. Announce the Second Mystery; then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 and 7 and continue with Third, Fourth and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.

Those who pray the Rosary regularly would do well to be enrolled in the Confraternity to gain extra spiritual benefits for each Rosary they pray.

 

Dominican Manner of Praying the Rosary

After the Rosary:

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

 

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

After each decade, say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy."

 

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Divine Mercy

It's Good Friday, and today my wife and I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 PM.  It's the first time I've prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet, so I thought I'd take some time to post an article on it, for some background, along with a reprint of the prayer itself to share with you. The background information on this comes from EWTN and The Divine Mercy website.

Saint Michael The Archangel

Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God's divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was St. Michael who led God's army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, St. Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and St. Michael who, at God's commands will reprise his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

Catholic Bibles Have 7 More Books than Protestant Bibles. Here's Why.

Catholic Answers Shares Why Catholic Bibles Have Seven More Books than Protestant Bibles

Dr. Michael Barber explains why Protestants exclude the Deuterocanonical books from their Bibles.

Vatican: Pope’s Words Not a Personal Attack on Trump

By Cruxnow – ROME: Reacting to widespread media coverage of a perceived war of words on Thursday between Pope Francis and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a Vatican spokesman on Friday insisted the pope’s comments — that someone who would build a border wall is not Christian — were not a personal attack.

“The pope said what we all know when we follow his teaching and his positions: that we should not build walls, but bridges,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said to Vatican Radio. “It is not a specific issue, limited to this case,” he said.

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