Holy Scripture (The Bible)

Catholics believe that the Bible is God’s self-revelation, inspired and inerrantly written. The Bible is not like any other book. Because the Scriptures were written under the positive influence of the Holy Spirit, they are considered to be sacred literature. We believe that God is revealed through the Patriarchs and Prophets in the Old Testament and through Jesus Christ in the New Testament. God’s revelation is also entrusted to the Apostles and their successors so that the Word of God is revealed in both Scripture and Tradition. Catholics believe that the Bible is a living document—it continually speaks to believers in every age.


The Catholic Bible has 73 Books and the Protestant Bible has 66 Books.  During the Protestant Reformation such people as Martin Luther removed books that were not part of the original Hebrew testament.  The Catholic Bible contains books written later by Hellenized Jews in the Greek Language. These Jews were affected by the conquest of Alexander the Great. Later during the time of Constantine all of these books Hebrew and Greek were all translated into Greek known as the Septuagint.