COLUMBIA — How did Christians decide what belonged in the Bible? The Bible on most American shelves is made up of 66 individual books — such as Psalms, Romans and Revelation — written by more than 40 authors over the course of thousands of years. The books of the Bible are divinely inspired, Christians say, but the chosen 66 are not the only books with this claim. The Catholic Bible includes 14 additional books; the Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, contains only 24 books. Why is there controversy, and how did the Protestant Church decide which books belonged in its Bible?
Belief in brief: The Bible
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