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Books of the Bible
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Most major religions have an official or canonical list of books which make up their holy book. In Judaism the list of books of the Bible was settled approximately 2000 years ago. Since then, there has been no debate between the various Jewish groups over the canon of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible, which has much text in common with the Christian Old Testament). In contrast, the small sect of Samaritans holds only the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and the Book of Joshua to be sacred.

The various denominations of Christianity are not in complete agreement on the canon of the Christian Bible. While the books of the Old and New Testaments are agreed upon by almost all Christians, there is a set of books that are not universally accepted. In Protestant Christianity, these books are called the Apocrypha, and are rejected as non-canonical. In Roman Catholicism, the books are known as the deuterocanonical books, and are a part of scripture. Protestant scholars often refer to these books as "Inter-testamental", as they were written after the books of the Old Testament, but before the books of the New Testament. Catholics use the word "Apocrypha" to refer to what Protestants call the Pseudepigrapha.

Eastern Orthodox Christians accept the deuterocanonical books, with the exception of Baruch. The Ethiopian church adds several other books, not accepted by the rest of Christianity, such as the Book of Jubilees and Book of Enoch, to the Old Testament.

The Tanakh and the Protestant and Roman Catholic Old Testaments

Protestant Old Testament Catholic Old Testament
Pentateuch or Torah
Genesis Genesis Genesis
Exodus Exodus Exodus
Leviticus Leviticus Leviticus
Numbers Numbers Numbers
Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Deuteronomy

Joshua Joshua Joshua
Judges Judges Judges
Ruth Ruth
Samuel 1 Samuel 1 Samuel
2 Samuel 2 Samuel
Kings 1 Kings 1 Kings
2 Kings 2 Kings
1 Chronicles 1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles 2 Chronicles
Ezra Ezra
Nehemiah Nehemiah
Esther Esther2
1 Maccabees1
2 Maccabees1
The Wisdom Books
Job Job
Psalms Psalms
Proverbs Proverbs
Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon Song of Solomon

Major Prophets
Isaiah Isaiah
Jeremiah Jeremiah
Lamentations Lamentations
Ezekiel Ezekiel
Daniel Daniel4
Minor Prophets
Hosea Hosea Hosea
Amos Amos Amos
Obadiah Obadiah Obadiah
Jonah Jonah Jonah
Micah Micah Micah
Nahum Nahum Nahum
Habakkuk Habakkuk Habakkuk
Zephaniah Zephaniah Zephaniah
Haggai Haggai Haggai
Zechariah Zechariah Zechariah
Malachi Malachi Malachi
Hagiographa or Writings
Song of Songs

The New Testament of Christians


1 This book is not in the Protestant Old Testament.
2 The Catholic Book of Esther includes 103 verses not in the Protestant Book of Esther.
3 In Catholic Bibles, Baruch is bundled with a sixth chapter called the Letter of Jeremiah. Neither book is included in the Protestant Old Testament.
4 In Catholic Bibles, Daniel is bundled with three additions. The Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Young Men is included between Daniel 3:23-24. Susanna is bundled as Daniel 13. Bel and the Dragon is bundled as Daniel 14. Neither of these additions are in the Protestant Old Testament.
5 The
Latin Vulgate and the Douay-Rheims place the two Books of Maccabees after Malachi instead of Esther.

See also


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