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Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger

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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.

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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful
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Michuta tackles a very touchy subject, one with direct bearing upon sola scriptura. Why do only Catholic bibles have the texts known as the Deuterocanonicals?

The problem is compounded by the fact that Protestant bibles used to contain these same texts. "Before 1599 nearly all Protestant bibles included the Deuterocanonical books...It was not until the middle of the 17th century that the tide began to turn" (p 245) and the texts were removed. Michurta sets out to explain how, and why, this came about.

The ancient Jews did not develop a canon before Christ died. "Judaism was comprised of as many as twenty-four distinct parties...and each...had its own distinctive theology and preferences in matters of canonicity" (p 13).

One fact Michurta proves is that the early Christians used the Deuteros frequently. There are quotations from the Deuteros in Luke, Revelation, Matthew, Romans, Hebrews, and James. In addition, 1 Clement, Barnabas, Polycarp, Hermas, the Didache, and many more used portions of the Deuteros.

So how and when did the number of Jewish texts begin to differ from those of the early Christians? Michuta provides an in-depth discussion of how the canon was chosen, for both the Jews and the Christians, regarding the Deuteroes. He lists all the councils where they were discussed, as well as all the early fathers who quoted from the Deuteroes.

This is an outstanding book. Yes, you need it in your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble for Sola Scriptura January 29, 2008
Mr. Michuta's work will be trouble for the Sola Scriptura crowd. After all, how can one claim to follow the Bible alone when one cannot claim to know what books are to be included in the Bible? Perhaps they would do better to claim "part of the Bible alone" instead. Such is the evidence contained in this thorough study of the deuterocanonical books.

Mr. Michuta begins this study with the Protestant assertion that the new testament writers did not consider the deuterocanonical books as canonical. With a dizzying array of new testament to deuterocanonical parallels, he buries that assertion under the tremendous weight of evidence to the contrary. He proceeds then to bury the claim that the apostolic, ante-Nicene, and early church fathers did not consider these books canonical - and again Mr. Michuta provides a plethora of evidence to the contrary. In the process of providing the historical evidence to bury the Protestant position, Mr. Michuta gives us some insight through the effect of the second Jewish rebellion and anti-Christian bias on the development of the Jewish canon on which Protestants base their own canon. It is a damning indictment indeed that the Protestant canon would be based on the work of enemies of the faith.

But Mr. Michuta is not finished with this dark history of the Protestant rejection of the very scripture they would claim to venerate. He continues with the influence of Jerome's "Hebrew veritas" and why it was rejected by the church. Then he proceeds to challenge the Protestant apparent belief in the infallibility of Jerome above the church. He also provides us with the summary of Martin Luther's test - simply stated, only books that support Martin Luther's theology were accepted by Martin Luther.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Try it June 19, 2007
By B. Polk
This material is especially worthwhile for two kinds of readers: 1) Protestants desiring to understand one more element of the Catholic Church and 2) Catholics who don't know why they have "extra" books. The footnotes and works cited also provide plenty of further reading for serious students. This isn't light reading or devotional material, but clearly defends the deuterocanonical or apocryphal books. [...].
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Why Catholic Bibles are Bigger tells the story of how some Protestants used the removal of the Deuterocanon from the Bible as a proxy for their attack on Catholicism. Some reviewers have characterized this work as unscholarly, but the 770 footnotes (not to mention the numerous in-line citations), and the argument-response approach of the author stand in evidence against that charge.

The facts are devastating to the Protestant case, which has been held as the conventional wisdom in the English-speaking Christian world, including among Catholics.

The following chain of facts was especially enlightening, as it shows the origin of the Deuterocanon being 'questionable':

* At the time of the Apostles, there exist various Jewish sects (Sadducees, Pharisees, and many others) most of whom have very sharp theological disagreements.

* There is no defined Jewish canon at this time, but many accept the Deuterocanon via the Greek Septuagint, which had been around for close to 2 centuries and held in great respect. Both Philo and Josephus ascribed divine inspiration to its authors.

* The Dead Sea Scrolls testify to Deuterocanon books in Hebrew intermixed with the Protocanon.

* During the Second Jewish Revolt (A.D. 132-135) Christians (then still considered a Jewish sect) were pressured by Rabbi Akiba ben Joseph to renounce Jesus, join the revolt, and accept Bar Cochba as the Messiah.

* Christians refused this apostasy and were treated by Jews as heretics and traitors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve
every thing was great, good people to deal with.
Published 11 days ago by Steve Franek
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for any deuterocanon question
The author gives the history and proofs to the deuterocanon objections laid against the Catholic church with precision and detail. Read more
Published 11 months ago by nivlacton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This book is great for the Catholic Apologist or for anyone wanting to just learn more about the Catholic church.
Published 14 months ago by Squatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, references applied to arguments, solid book indeed
Outstanding book. Easy to understand. I truly like the references to help validate the argument. Its good to know we can test the waters ourselves. Thank you Gary M. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maka Veli
5.0 out of 5 stars This book delves into the sources for the books of the Bible
I loved this book because it covered the who, what, when, where and why the books of the Bible were put in. Great footnotes.
Published on October 23, 2011 by mrstones
3.0 out of 5 stars Apologetics, not scholarship
I bought this realizing that it was apologetics but thinking that it could be helpful nonetheless in terms of references to conciliar documents about the apocrypha. This is true. Read more
Published on January 13, 2010 by Everhopeful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but Dry
This book is NOT an easy read. It is PACKED with facts and supportive documentation, which makes reading it a worthwhile endevor. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009 by Cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource
If you study the Bible with an open heart, you will find that this book will give you more than the bible it will give you Tradition. Read more
Published on February 5, 2009 by Anthony Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive treatment of the subject
This is the book that we've been waiting for. With very little rhetoric or argument, Michuta goes systematically through Church History and shows how the disputed books of the Old... Read more
Published on November 5, 2007 by R. S. Corzine
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative and eye opening
This book clears up a lot of confusion and misconception related to the differences between the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Bible. Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by Craig Pulido
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