Information on Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger

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 many little known and surprising information concerning these lost books of the Protestant bible.

New for the Revised Second Edition

Improved overall structure

  • New Introduction
  • Expanded treatment on the existence of a pre-Christian closed canon.
  • Updated information on Qumran and the Judean desert manuscripts.
  • Improved discussion of the closing of the Rabbinical Bible.
  • Less important details are condensed and summarized for easy reading.
  • More focused treatment of the early Church fathers.
  • Footnotes are replaced by endnotes to promote easier reading
  • Expanded treatment of Martin Luther's use of the Deuterocanon before and after his rejection.
  • New appendix on the book of Esdras, Carthage, and the Council of Trent.
  • New topical index.
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