It is important to understand that the Bible is a library of books written over a period of a 1000 years or more by mostly unknown authors. Today, Christians still disagree about which books should be in the Bible. This is not a trivial fact as it leads to doctrinal differences based on the different books. For example, according to Catholics the reality of Purgatory features in II Maccabees 12:39-46, a book (and a doctrine) not found in the Protestant Bible. So which books make up the Bible?
- Roman Catholics think it should contain 73 books,
- Protestants say 66 books,
- Most Orthodox Christians claim 78 books.
- However, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believe the Bible contains 81 books – the highest figure of all!
(The Ethiopian broader New Testament canon has eight additional books: the four books of Sinodos, the two divisions of the Book of the Covenant, Ethiopic Clement, and the Ethiopic Didascalia.)
To quote from an undisputed part of the Bible: God is not the author of confusion.