How many books are in the bible?
When referring to the bible, many people forget that there are different types of bible, just as there are religions. See books of the bible in order to know the complete ordered list.
In the Catholic religion the holy Bible is composed of 73 books, these are divided between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Only the Old Testament consists of 46 books, while the new testament is made up of the remaining 27 books.
The Protestant Bibles have 66 books, 7 less than the Catholic Bibles, this discrepancy is due to the fact that the Protestant Bibles do not include the following seven books:
Tobias, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Ecclesiastics and Baruch.
The difference between the books is given, in large part because the Palestinian people only accepted the books included in the Old Testament.
By the year 90 BC, approximately 39 books had already been included in the Old Testament. The separation of the bibles occurred around the year 1517, when Martin Luther separated from the Catholic Church, and while forming his new church, he decided to exclude the 7 books written in the ancient Greek language.
The 7 books of the Old Testament, written in Greek, have been the cause of controversy for hundreds of years. The Catholic Church named these 7 “deuterocanonical” books. The other 39 books written in Hebrew, are called “Protocanonical books”.
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