THE DAY I CAN NEVER FORGET AS A PRIEST

THE DAY I CAN NEVER FORGET AS A PRIEST
On this unforgettable day, as I was teaching catechism with passion in one of the parishes worked, I read no. 20 of the Compendium of the Catholic Church which states: "....The canon consists of 46 Books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New". One of the intelligent candidates immediately counted the content page of her own Bible and discovered a variation. She asked me this question: "Fr. you just read that there are 46 Books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New. How come that my Bible which is Catholic version has 52 Books of the Old Testament?" I was astounded. And in order to prove her point, she instantly gave me her Bible to count the books. It was a copy of the Good News Bible, Catholic version (Student edition). After counting, it was exactly as she said because the Deuterocanonical books are 13 instead of 7, namely, Tobit, Judit, Ester (Greek), Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Baruch, Letter of Jeremiah, Song of the Three, Young Men, Susana, Bel and the Dragon, I and 2 Maccabees. Sweating profusely, I admitted that I had no idea why the Good News Bible has 13 books of the Deuterocanonicals and pleaded for more time to research for the answer. On getting home, I assembled all the versions of the Bible I have and went into research. Here was the outcome of my research:
The African Bible, the Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition), the Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition for India), the Community Bible and the New Jerusalem Bible have the 7 books of the Deutercanonicals except the Good News Bible Catholic Version both Student and Study editions. The study edition of the Good News Bible added some of the ‘Apocryphal books’ too. Another discovery was that the Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition), the Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition for India), the African Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible, and the Community Bible with 46 Canons have 14 Chapters of the Book of Daniel and other versions like King James version, Good News Bible have 12 Chapters of the Book of Daniel. Also, 6 Chapters of the Book of Baruch while Good News Bible has 5 chapters. The following paragraphs clarify the above mentioned:
The Old Testament was translated from the original Hebrew language into Greek about 200 years before the birth of Christ. It includes in addition to the text of the Hebrew Bible: 1. Judith, Tobit, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) and Baruch (Chapter 6 is printed under the separate heading of the ‘Letter of Jeremiah’ which also contains the book of Young Me). In Daniel the following parts exist only in Greek: Daniel 3: 24-90 (Song of the Three); Dn 13 (Susanna); Dn 14 (‘Bel and the Dragon’). The Book of Esther has two different forms: the short Hebrew original; and the longer Greek version that contains one hundred and seven additional verses comprising six distinct portions, A through F. The translation of the Greek portions has been inserted at the appropriate places of the translation of the Hebrew form of the book. Some of the Greek portions apparently had a Hebrew origin; the others were written in Greek (Ester (Greek).These books, commonly referred to as deuteron-canonical, are generally regarded as part of the Christian canon.
There are also Books which, although sometimes used by the Fathers and ancient ecclesiastical writers, have not been accepted into the Christian Canon. These books are called ‘apocryphal’ works (Hidden books) and they are Esdras I (in the LXX the canonical Ezra-Nehemiah is entitled Esdras II), 3 and 4 Maccabees, Odes, Psalms of Solomon. In the LXX, the 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings are entitled ‘The Four Books of Kingdoms’.
Deducing from the analysis above, it shows that Ester (Greek), Letter of Jeremiah, Song of the Three, Young Men, Susana and Bel and the Dragon are taken as separate Books in the version of the Good News Bible. Share this to 10 Catholics you know

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