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Catholic Bible Versions

There are many Bible versions out on the market. The biggest share are Protestant versions. So what about the Catholic Versions? What makes a Bible Protestant or Catholic? The biggest difference between a Catholic and Protestant Bibles is that the Catholic Bible has 73 books and Protestant Bibles have 66 books. In August of 397 at Council of Carthage a canon was established. This canon was later approved at the Council of Trent. These books include: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Josue (Joshua), Judges, Ruth, I Kings(I Samuel), II Kings(II Samuel), III Kings(I Kings), IV Kings(II Kings), I Paralipomenon(I Chronicles), 2 Paralipomenon(II Chronicles), I Esdras(Ezra), II Esdras(Nehemiah), Tobias (Tobit), Judith, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Canticle of Canticles(Song of Song), Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus(Sirach), Isaias(Isaiah), Jeremias(Jeremiah), Lamentations, Baruch, Ezechiel, Daniel, Osee(Hosea), Joel, Amos, Abdias(Obadiah), Jonas(Jonah), Micheas(Michah), Nahum, Habacuc(Habbakkuk), Sophonias(Zephaniah), Aggeus(Haggai), Zacharias(Zechariah), Malachias(Malachi), I Machabees, II Machabees, Gospel St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John, Acts of the Apostles, Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude, The Apocalypse of St. John (Revelation). The Clementine Version of the Vulgate also has 3 Apocrypha books of Prayer of Manasses, III Esdras, IV Esdras. Protestant Bibles do not include Tobit, Judith, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Wisdom, I Machabees, II Machabees. Some Protestant Bibles have included those 7 books at one time or another such as the King James and Geneva.

Confraternity Bible

This was a revsion of the Rheims NT that was revised by Dr. Richard Challoner release in 1941. The Douay Old Testament was never completed as the project was stopped in favor of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical entitled “Divino Afflante Spiritu” encouraging the use of the “original” Languages.

Ronald Knox’s Translation of the Vulgate

This translation was done by Ronald Knox. His work started in 1936 at the request of hierarchy of England to provide a version of the Vulgate in contemporary. The NT was released in 1945 and the OT in 1950. It was shortly approved after Vatican II in 1965 for use in lectionaries along with the Confraternity, Jerusalem Bible, RSV-CE and Douay-Rheims. A new version is to be released in 2009 by Baronius Press, who has the copyright to it.

Revised Standard Version -Catholic Edition (RSV-CE)

The is the version released in 1966. Its basis was from the Protestant Revised Standard Version, which considers itself to an updated version of the American Standard Version in return was and updated version Revised Version. In 2006 a second version of the RSV-CE was released called, RSV-2CE. An offshot of the first edition was also releasd in 1989 called the New Revised Standard Edition.

Jerusalem Bible

This edition was released in 1966 on the guidelines set by “Divino Afflante Spiritu” issued by Pope Pius XII. Author J.R.R Tolkien was a contributor in the book of Jonah. A revised edition was released in 1985 as the New Jerusalem Bible


The New American Bible was released in 1970. It is the current version used in Lectionaries. This Bible has been approved by the USCCB. Major revisions to this Bible include 1986 and includes some inclusive language. Another revision was in 1991, where the Psalms were revised and included inclusive language. This version of the Psalms has been rejected by the Vatican as well a number of others. The version used in lectionaries is not the same as the NAB issued to the average reader. This version is also referred as the RNAB.

CTS New Catholic Bible

A recent edition which is basically the original Jerusalem Bible wit


1 Comment »

  1. Good words.

    Comment by Amy — November 11, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

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