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Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger - Revised 2nd Edition (Digital)

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Some differences between Catholicism and Protestantism can be tricky to grasp, but one of them just requires the ability to count: Catholic bibles have seventy-three books, whereas Protestant bibles have sixty-six—plus an appendix with the strange title Apocrypha.

What’s the story here?

Protestants claim that the medieval Catholic Church added six extra books that had never been considered part of the Old Testament, either by Jews or early Christians.

Catholics say that the Protestant Reformers removed those books, long considered part of Sacred Scripture, because they didn’t like what they contained.

In Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger, Gary Michuta presents a revised and expanded version of his authoritative work on this key issue.

Combing the historical record from pre-Christian times to the Patristic era to the Reformation and its aftermath, he traces the canon controversy through the writings and actions of its major players.

You’ll be left with a clear picture of the causes of this tragic divide, and you’ll be able to explain and defend the reasons for the full, unabridged Catholic Bible.

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    Critical historical discussion of the canon

    Posted by Todd on Jan 23rd 2021

    I highly recommend this book, and it is a great accompaniment to Jimmy Akin’s “The Bible is a Catholic Book.” Mr. Michuta’s work gives a thorough, fair and historically grounded account of the formation of the true scriptural canon.

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