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What is the history of the canon of the Bible in terms of 66 or 73 books (Catholic vs. Protestant)? Short Answer : Their historic origins lie within the realm of Hellenistic Judaism, which, along with Judaism proper1 and Samaritanism, was one of the main subdivisions of ancient Judaism. 1 Itself divided into several other branches, such as Pharisees, ...


Actually, Jordan Bajis writes in his catechetical book, “Common Ground: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity for the American Christian” (page 93) the following:

 The Orthodox Church, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, only recognized 49 books as belonging to the Old Testament canon. The Eastern Church assigns a “second” place of honor after the New ...

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