Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bibles - what are the differences?

It is important to realize that the books of the bible are arranged in a different order depending upon the religion and the time period. Jewish and Christian Bibles arrange the books of the Old Testament differently. The Latin Vulgate, King James, Standard Revised, and others include different books. Catholic and Protestant Bibles arrange the books of the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament in a different order. Don't forget that the books of the Bible are called by different names in each language and perhaps religion.

It is no simple task to find a chart comparing the order and/or the names of the books. The best chart(s) I have found to date are in the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Undoubtedly there is a similar chart in the Catholic Encyclopedia. I have not found a chart that is multilingual (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English). I am in the process to creating one for myself.

Perhaps I will find this chart in a polyglot concordance. I will keep you posted.

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