Hello, and merry Christmas all!
I have a rather important question. You see, my younger brother has never owned a Bible before and has been asking for one for months. I was in the bookstore, and found a Revised Standard Version that included the Apocrypha, which I knew was the name for the books of the Bible that the Protestants cut out. Satisfied that it must be a Catholic Bible, I bought it wrapped it up, and went along my merry way, excited in waiting for Christmas morning.
Welllll…this morning he unwrapped it and took it out of the box it had been packaged in at the store. When he was looking through his other gifts I grabbed the Bible and began flipping through the pages. It was all looking good…til I hit a Maccabees 3. And then a Maccabees 4. I was like “whaaaaaaaat?”
So I flipped back to the Table of Contents and looked at the books included in the Dueterocanonical section. They were Tobit, Judith, Esther, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch, The letter of Jeremiah, Azariah and the Three Jews, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, 1 Esdras, The Prayer of Manasseh, Psalm 151, 3 Maccabees, 2 Esdras, and 4 Maccabees. Now unfortunately, I am not well versed in the Bible, but I know some of these are unfamiliar.
What do I do? Help! On the copyright page it says New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition…I’m helplessly confused and downright frustrated.
Any clarifications or advice on what to do about the Bible would be magnificent! Thank you!