The Bible

The main source for Christian belief is the Bible, a collection of texts written by numerous authors, which includes a vast array of Jewish religious texts referred to as the Old Testament. The main resource of Christian belief is the New Testament, containing a series of texts claiming to be eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ earthly mission (the Gospels), as well as a larger number of followers’ letters, predominantly those written by Saul of Tarsus (Saint Paul).

There are distinct differences between the Protestant and the Catholic Bibles: there are seventy-two books found in Catholic editions, forty-five in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New. Protestant copies usually lack the so-called Apocryphral books of Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, and I, II Machabees, as well as sections of other texts, notably Esther 10:4-16:24, and Daniel 3:24-90; 13:1-14:42, which are not found in the Jewish Torah.

Various complete versions of the Bible can be found online at the following links: (the apocrypha are linked under the heading to the left of “Non-canonical books”)

King James Version ( KJV )

New International Version ( NIV )

Revised Standard Version ( RSV )

New American Standard Bible ( NASB )

New King James Version ( NKJV )

Darby Translation

Young’s Literal Translation

KJV with comparison to Latin Vulgate, Greek New Testament, and Hebrew Tanach

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Explore the ancient writings of Mesopotamia, with our newly hosted texts from Sumer and Babylon. Also added are comparative studies of Sumerian and Assyrian legend in comparison to the Old Testament - all at the new Mesopotamia section.

 

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