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.

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.