An introduction to the Old Testament for Catholics. The books of the Old Testament tell the story of God's covenant with the Israelites. We’ve created a free series of downloads for Scripture Seekers where you can learn more about the Old Testament.
The first part of the Bible, the Old Testament, is common to both Jews and Christians (with some differences). The Old Testament is divided into shorter ‘books’. Jews and Protestants recognise only the books that were written in Hebrew – 39 of them. Catholics also recognise seven books which were written in Greek (these are called deutero-canonical). The seven books are: Tobit, Judith, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus), Wisdom, Baruch and 1- 2 Maccabees.
The Catholic Canon (or set of Catholic rules and laws) divides the books into four main parts:
Each set of books has its own special wisdom and lessons to impart. We’ve created four free downloadable articles for you to find out more about the Old Testament.
As a Catholic the Old Testament will prompt you to ask many questions. Our guides give you some different ways of interpreting these ancient texts.
Download the free Scripture Seekers’ series on the Old Testament.
*We have included the Books of Lamentations and Baruch in the Prophetic Books download since we are following the order in which they are found in the Bible; most Bibles put these two books after Jeremiah, even though they are NOT part of the Major Prophets.