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Whose Bible Is it Anyway? Is There JUST One Bible? Is It The Literal Word of God [190*5]?

Updated on June 19, 2013

GUTENBERG BIBLE

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IN RESEARCHING A COMMENT I was making to another Hub, I stumbled across this interesting ... ahem ... esoteric table. I was looking for references to rebut the claim that the "books and philosophies that are in the Bible are well established, and all the various Synod's did was organize what was already there, they didn't throw anything out that wasn't known to be heretical." or something like that. Well, I knew that not to be true, but I like to back my claims up.

That is when I found this very interesting table presented, buried deep inside Wikipidia, which is really the guts of this hub as it speaks all by itself, and says volumes in the process; you will need to use your scroll bar. The rows contain the many sources of information contained in the "Bible" and the columns list the various Christian religions; when there is an 'X' at the intersection, that means that document is used in that sects Bible.

THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE, BUT WHICH ONE?

BOOKS
PROTESTANT
ROMAN CATHOLIC
GREEK ORTHODOX
SLAVONIC ORTHODOX
GEORGIAN ORTHODOX
ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC
SYRIAC ORTHODOX
COPTIC ORTHODOX
ETHEOPIAN ORTHODOX
ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF THE EAST
 
 
PENTATEUCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GENESIS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
EXODUS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
LIVITICUS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
NUMBERS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
DUETERONOMY
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
HISTORIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOSHUA
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
JUDGES
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
RUTH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
SAMUEL 1, 2
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
KINGS 1, 2
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
CHRONICLES 1, 2
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
PRAYER OF MANASSEH
S
~
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
EZRA
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
NEHEMIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
1 ESTRAS
S
~
X
X
X
X
~
~
X
~
 
 
2 ESTRAS 3-14
S
~
~
 
X
X
~
~
X
~
 
 
2 ESTRAS 1, 2, 15, 16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ESTHER
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ADDITIONS TO ESTHER
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
TOBIT
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
JUDITH
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
1 MACCABEES
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
 
 
2 MACCABEES
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
 
 
3 MACCABEES
S
 
X
X
X
X
X
~
 
X
 
 
4 MACCABEES
 
 
 
 
X
 
~
 
 
~
 
 
JUBILEES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
ENOCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
1 MEQABYAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
2-3 MEQABYAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
ETHOPIC PSEUDO-JOSEPHUS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
JOSEPHUS' JEWISH WAR VI
 
 
 
 
 
 
~
 
 
~
 
 
TESTIMENTS OF THE 12 PATRIARCS
 
 
 
 
 
~
 
 
 
 
 
 
WISDOM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JOB
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
PSALMS 1 - 150
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
PSALM 151
 
~
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
PSALMS 152 - 155
 
 
 
 
 
 
~
 
 
~
 
 
PSALMS OF SOLOMON
 
 
~
 
 
 
~
 
 
~
 
 
PROVERBS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ECCLESIASTES
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
SONG OF SONGS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
BOOK OF WISDOM
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
SIRACH
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
PRAYER OF SOLOMON
 
~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAJOR PROPHETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ISAIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ASCENSION OF ISSAIAH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~
 
 
 
JEREMIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
LAMENTATIONS 1 - 5
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
LAMENTATIONS 7:1 - 16, 63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
BARUCH
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
LETTER OF JERAMIAH
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
SYNAC APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~
 
~
 
 
LETTER OF BARUCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
GREEK APOCALYPSE OF BARUCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 BARUCH
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
EZEKIEL
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
DANIEL
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ADDITIONS TO DANIEL
S
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
MINOR PROPHETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOSEA
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
JOEL
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
AMOS
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
OBADIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
JONAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
MICAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
NAHUM
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
NABAKKUK
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ZEPHANIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
HAGGAI
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
ZACHARIAH
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
MALACHI
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 

AMERICAN FAMILY BIBLE

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IMPRESSIVE, EH? BET YOU didn't know there were so many books and major Christian factions, I sure didn't. And, each one has their own version of God's truth. Granted, most, I think, take the Bible as a metaphor and not the literal Word of God. Some, like some Protestant sects however, do believe that their particular combination of biblical documents are the literal Word of God and must be followed without deviation. I am not sure what that says about the rest of Christianity, but that is the problem with philosophy isn't it, nothing is ever certain.

In any case, as I said, I think this rather imposing table speaks for itself and I'll wait for any comments to expound more. Enjoy.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Are you able to reconcile your belief in your Bible with the table presented in this hub?

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    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      My Esoteric 

      3 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      About right, except the "small percentage" part. I think they account for 29% today. (Who's HG?) It was the Old Testament's "angry" God that pushed me away.

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      bradmaster from orange county ca 

      3 years ago

      My Esoteric

      The Old Testament --- An angry God, no Jesus, no HG.

      The New Testament ---- God abdicates the world to Jesus and HG

      2000 years go by, no updates

      No God?

      God doesn't care, neither does his Jesus or HG

      No Angels, No more serpent devils.

      7 billion people today, and only a small percent believe in te bibles, or Jesus.

      The bibles are no better or worse written than the works of Shakespeare, the Illiad and the Oddysey, or the works of Edgar Allan Poe, or even Machiavelli.

      They all have a vision of human nature.

      bradmasterOC

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      My Esoteric 

      5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Well, that is wonderful point, MizBejabbers, now I can create an original document by looking that up and including it.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago from Beautiful South

      ME, this table contains only the Old Testament, which most Christians would say does not contain Christ’s teachings, therefore, it is more useful to those of the Jewish faith. My former church referred to the Old Testament, but they taught us not to use it in situations where Christ or perhaps I should say the “Pauline church” taught differently. For instance, plural marriages, selling your daughters, beating your wives, keeping concubines, an eye for an eye, etc. Please also note that the Gnostic gospels were not accepted by “the church”, and while Christians accept Jesus’ miracles in the New Testament, they don’t accept his miracles as told by one who knew him personally (the Gospel of Thomas), preferring instead to accept the teachings of the zealot Roman serial killer Paul who came years after Jesus' death and claimed conversion. Also protestants don't accept the Catholic Apocrapha, so that’s a good question: Whose Bible is it anyway?

      I think your hub is educational and interesting. Voted you up.

    • My Esoteric profile imageAUTHOR

      My Esoteric 

      5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Thanks HS. I wonder if the author of the hub included the Mormons in with the Protestants.

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      Howard Schneider 

      5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      My view and understanding is that these Biblical books are rememberings from Jesus' disciples. They are portrayed as divinely recited but I have supreme doubts about that. Religious sects are run by men so they change over time to suit those religious leaders. Very interesting Hub, My Esoteric.

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