How Many Books Make Up The Bible?


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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
Well, that depends entirely on which Bible you’re looking at – they all vary quite dramatically! The Jewish Bible has the fewest books, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Bible has the most.

Each branch of Christianity has a different number of books that they consider to be canonical Bible texts, and those are usually split into the Old Testament and New Testament as well.

Number of Books in Each Bible
  • Jewish Bible – 24 books, which make up the Torah, Prophets and Writings.
  • Mormon Bible – 65 books.
  • Protestant Bible – 66 books, which are actually the same as the ones in the Jewish Bible. They’re just arranged differently and divided into more parts!
  • Roman Catholic Bible – 73 books. The Roman Catholic Bible has seven more books in the Old Testament than the Jewish Bible does.
  • Eastern Orthodox Bible – 78 books.
  • Ethiopian Orthodox – 81 books, with the longest Old Testament books of all the branches of Christianity.
Mia Teeliumtrozzle Profile
For Catholics, the Bible contains 72 books. However, for Protestants, it only contains 66, because the Protestant scholars who translated it disagreed with the Catholic ones.

So, the Catholics have seven books in the Old Testament (the part written before Jesus) that the Protestants do not have.

These books are:
  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Sirach
  • Baruch
  • 1 Maccabees
  • 2 Maccabees.
I am a Catholic, and out of these I have read Judith, Tobit, and Baruch so far, and they are really interesting.

I especially like the character of Judith, when she beheads King Holofernes (he deserved it) and Tobit, when Tobias and his dog and the Angel go on the long journey.

So whatever denomination you are, I recommend reading these seven books sometime, especially Tobit and Judith.
ronald jude Profile
ronald jude answered
66 books in the canon of scripture we know as the Bible.
Michael Poland Profile
Michael Poland answered

As many as the imagination or greed will hold.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

The big divide, of course, is between the Roman Catholic and Protestant versions of the Bible. The Vatican has included the OT books of the apocrypha which Protestant theologians reject.

So take your pick: 66 if you're a born again; 72 if you follow the church of Rome.

Shalin Choksi Profile
Shalin Choksi answered
The reason why there are so many books, chapters and verses in the Bible is because Christianity was spread worldwide and there were many strict practitioners of the religion and many thought to write about the past, present and the future events of the religion.

There were many priests and other noblemen who thought it was their duty to tell the future of mankind about their origins of the religion and all their events that took place.

There are two main sections of the Bible, namely the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament has 39 books which have over 900 chapters. On the other hand, the New Testament has 27 books which have over 250 chapters.

It is very important for a Christian or a Catholic to read the Bible as he will be aware of wrongdoings and will lead a knowledgeable life.
Caleb Gosa Profile
Caleb Gosa answered
They word 'BIBLE' means 'BOOK' in the English language.

It depends on what book you are asking about. The Catholic book had more books than the other 20 English versions of the Holy Bible.

The Jewish book has less chapters than the complete Holy Bible that is used as a Christian Holy Bible.

I am familiar with 20 versions of the Bible with over 5,000 hours of time in them  and the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE has brought me more understanding than all of the other 19 versions combined.

Luke 6:20 ''Blessed are the POOR, theirs is the kingdom of God."
E  Washington Profile
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In their bibles the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches include books know by some as apocrypha. Those books were not accepted into the Jewish cannon. The bible says that the jews were the only ones who were entrusted with the sacred pronouncements of God. Paul said this in the beginning of his his letter to the Romans that the Jews "were entrusted with the sacred pronouncements of God". Thus many modern translations correctly exclude the books of the apocrypha
bhagat singh Profile
bhagat singh answered
The Bible contains 72 books, 45 were written before Christ. They are called the books of the Old Testament.
The other 27 books that were written after the time of Christ and are called the books of the New Testament.
carlene welch Profile
carlene welch answered
Thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament, a total of sixty-six books altogether.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
66 Books total.

  • Old Testament: 39 (Same as the Jews).
  • New Testament: 27
The Catholic church inserted 7 more books in the Old Testament, making a total of 72.

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