What Bible do Catholics use?


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Catholics are instructed to use a Catholic Bible, which contains the deuterocanonical books not found in the Protestant Bible. A Catholic Bible includes an Imprimatur, by a Catholic Bishop, to show that the book has been approved by the Catholic church.

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What Bible do Catholics use?
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The Catholic Bible includes 73 books, whereas the Protestant Bible includes only 66. Protestants refer to the deuterocanonical books as the Apocrypha, which includes Baruch, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Tobit and Wisdom. It also includes parts of Esther and Daniel that are not in the Protestant Bible.

Both the Protestant and Catholic Bibles are divided into two main sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Catholic Old Testament contains five main sections, including the deuterocanonical books: The Pentateuch, Historical Books, Biblical Novellas, Wisdom Books and Prophetic Books. The New Testament contains: the Gospels, New Testament Letters, Catholic Letters and the Apocalypse.

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