moderated Re: Looking for a Catholic Bible that I can use with JAWS

Richard Turner

I was a Biblical Studies major in college.  The extra books David was talking about has nothing to do with the “Apocalypse”.  They are referred to as the Apocrypha by Protestants.

Catholics consider them deuterocanonical And include them in the Old Testament.

Some Protestant Bibles keep them but put them between the Old and New Testaments.

I’m summarizing an article I found on the web here:

The Roman Catholic Council of Trent declared in 1546 that the Deuterocanonical books were indeed divine.

Of these books, Tobias, Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Baruch, and Maccabees, remain in the Catholic Bible. First Esdras, Second Esdras, Epistle of Jeremiah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, Prayer of Manasseh, Prayer of Azariah, and Laodiceans are not today considered part of the Catholic apocrypha.

With one exception, all of these books are considered 'Old Testament'. The apocryphal New Testament 'Letter of Paul to the Laodiceans', was once incorporated in many versions of the Bible. However Laodiceans is now considered just a pastiche of other Epistles, and is omitted from contemporary Bibles.





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From: <> On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:34 AM
Subject: Re: Looking for a Catholic Bible that I can use with JAWS




A tiny postscript or your always well-informed posts. What you say is correct about the New Testament. However, what the Catholic bible calls “The Apocalypse” is called “the book of revelations” in the Protestant version. Apparently, the text is the same.


From: <> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2020 11:02 PM
Subject: Re: Looking for a Catholic Bible that I can use with JAWS



As a Catholic I'm very familiar with the versions of the Bible to which you are referring. It contains seven additional books in the Old Testament which were eventually removed in most Protestant Bibles, along with some additional portions of Daniel and Esther. The New Testament is identical.

I haven't looked for downloadable software containing Catholic Bibles or study material although I know that it exists but am not sure how accessible they are.

The Bible Gateway does contain several Catholic editions, including the New American Bible, Revised Edition and the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. Go to this page to set your preferences as to what edition you want as your default.


David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

On 8/29/2020 10:22 PM, Kevin Minor wrote:



The subject describes what I want. For those who don’t know, the Bible that the Catholic Church uses has more books in it, and parts of other books have additional material, so the Bibles that I’ve found don’t have all that I want. It would also be nice if it were a study Bible, including narratives of the texts, but not necessary.


Thanks in advance



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