Hi, I'm Tim Coombs, co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and a member of the network of biblical storytellers. To learn more about its mission, go to nbsint.org.
Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the difference between Protestant and Catholic Bibles are the number of books that are included. Catholic Bibles include what is called the ""Apocrypha,"" which means the ""hidden."" There are fifteen books that come from what we might call the Inter-Testament period, and they only appear in the Catholic Bible. The Hebrew Bible, the Jewish scriptures don't include the Apocrypha as part of the Old Testament, and Protestant Churches generally accept only the books that are in the Hebrew scriptures. The Apocrypha does occur in a thing called the Septuagint, which is a Greek version of the Old Testament, and all except for one book. And so, the Catholic Church accepts all those books as part of their Old Testament. Now, what are these fifteen books? Well, they are all different kinds of literature. Some are meant to be historical in nature, others are wisdom, kinds of literature, and poetry and stories. To me, some of the most significant are the stories of the Maccabees, of Judaist Maccabees. And then, that time of trial and struggle against the Hasmoneans, the Greeks. And so, even though they're not included in the Protestant Bible, they are still very important pieces of literature. And we have much in common in spite of this little difference.