I beleive the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated, copied, and interpreted correctly. In the course of my studies of the Bible, I've discovered that it has a long and convoluted history. So, these are my discoveries and my musings of Christian history and doctrines.

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Catholic Bible verses the King James

Those who say that the Bible contains everything that was ever written by inspired men of God have either not read the Bible in it's entirety, or they are deliberately trying to deceive. I say this for several reasons. For one, there are books and letters mentioned in the Bible that are not found in the Bible itself. Two, often various writers in the bible quoted from unknown sources not contained in the Bible. Three, when Constantine commissioned Eusebius to gather all books predating Christ and those written after Christ's ascension into heaven, Eusebius had the difficult task of discerning what was authentic in it's entirety and what was not. There were many books and letters that were not included in this collection, because part or all of their authenticity were in question.

Though what we have in the King James Version of the Bible differs somewhat in the collection of books and letters that he made, nevertheless, it is a direct result of his efforts that we have a Bible with a New Testament at all. There were many manuscripts of the same letter or book, and often times they all differed. Which was the more correct? Other books were complete fabrications, and yet other books were believed to have been written by sincere but yet misguided and uneducated individuals.

I have met some people who were surprised to hear that the Roman Catholic Old Testament, or Latin Vulgate, contains more books than the Old Testament of the King James Version Bible or the Hebrew Bible. These books are sometimes known collectively as "The Apocrypha" even though there are additional apocryphal books that are not included in their version of the Bible. The additional books in their Bible are

1. The Book of Tobit.
2. The Book of Judith.
3. 1st and 2nd Esdras.

4. Additions to Esther.

5. Wisdom of Solomon.

6. Ecclesiasticus (Ben Sira or Sirach).
7. Baruch.
8. Letter of Jeremiah.

9. Prayers of Azariah and Song of the Three Young Men.

10. Susanna.

11. Bel and the Dragon.

12. Prayer of Manasseh.

13. 1st and 2nd Maccabees.

In some manuscripts of the Greek Bible these books are found:

1. 3rd and 4th Maccabees.

2. Psalm 151.

What is the official position of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? Joseph Smith wrote in Doctrine and Covenants 91:

1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha -- There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;
2 There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are ainterpolations by the hands of men.

3 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

4 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;

5 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;

6 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

  1. Apocrypha, Old Testament, Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, second edition. Editor, Everett Ferguson. (Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997).


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