Apologia: The Fullness of Christian Truth


``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D


 

Canon of the Bible

In parentheses are alternate names for the Book in question. Books with a red mark are called "deuterocanonical" by the Catholic Church and "apocryphal" by Protestants, who've removed them from their Bibles. The first five Books of the Bible, the Law, are also called "Torah" and the "Pentateuch".

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Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

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Josue (Joshua)
Judges
Ruth
I Kings [1 Samuel in Protestant Bibles]
II Kings [2 Samuel in Protestant Bibles]
III Kings [1Kings in Protestant Bibles]
IV Kings [2 Kings in Protestant Bibles]
I Paralipomenon [1 Chronicles in Protestant Bibles]
II Paralipomenon [2 Chronicles in Protestant Bibles]
I Esdras (Ezra)
II Esdras (Nehemias or Nehemiah)
Tobias (Tobit)

Judith

Esther [a.k.a. "Megillah." Longer than Protestant versions]

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Job
Psalm (The Davidic Psalter) see below
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Canticles (Canticle of Canticles or Song of Songs or Song of Solomon)
Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon)

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach or The Wisdom of Sirach)

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Isaias (Isaiah)
Jeremias (Jeremiah)
Lamentations
Baruch

Ezechiel (Ezeckiel)
Daniel [longer than Protestant versions]

*Twelve Minor Prophets*:
Osee (Hosea)
Joel
Amos
Abdias (Obadiah)
Jonas (Jonah)
Micheas (Michah)
Nahum
Habacuc (Habbakkuk)
Sophonias (Zephanaiah)
Aggeus (Haggai)
Zacharias (Zechariah)
Malachias (Malachi)

History continued, ca 120 B.C.:
I Machabees (1 Maccabees)
II Machabees (2 Maccabees)

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The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. Mark
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. Luke
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. John

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Acts of the Apostles
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans
First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Ephesians
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Philippians
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Colossians
First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
First Epistle of Saint Paul to Timothy
Second Epistle of Saint Paul to Timothy
Epistle of Saint Paul to Titus
Epistle of Saint Paul to Philemon
Epistle of Saint Paul to the Hebrews
Catholic Epistle of Saint James the Apostle
First Epistle of Saint Peter the Apostle
Second Epistle of Saint Peter the Apostle
First Epistle of Saint John the Apostle
Second Epistle of Saint John the Apostle
Third Epistle of Saint John the Apostle
Catholic Epistle of St. Jude
The Apocalypse of St. John the Divine (Apocalypse or Revelation)

 
Note that Catholics and Protestants number the Psalms differently. Traditional Catholic Bibles, including the Vulgate, which is the "official Catholic Bible," and the Douay-Rheims follow the older numbering of the Septuagint. Protestants and, sadly, some post-conciliar translations, follow the numbering used by 6th -10th c. (A.D.) Jewish rabbis. The chart below compares those two numbering systems:

Catholic/Orthodox/LXX Protestant/Masoretic
1-8 1-8
9 9-10
10-112 11-113
113 114-115
114 116:1-9
115 116:10-19
116-145 117-146
146 147:1-11
147 147:12-29
148-150 148-150

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