The Bible is arguably the most distibuted book in the world with estimates of over hundreds of millions copies in circulation. This does not mean it is the most read book and it certainly is not the easiest book to understand. The Bible however isn’t a book as we commonly refer to “books”. Rather it is a collection of writings, some literal some metophorical others poemtical. When we say “the Bible” we are really referring to a library.
It was by the apostolic Tradition that the church discerned which writings are to be included in the list of the sacred books. This complete list is called the canon of Scripture. It includes 46 books for the Old Testament (45 if we count Jeremiah and Lamentations as one) and 27 for the New
|Haydock’s Bible Commentary
Follows Douay-Rheims Bible text
Catholic Guide to The Bible
Early Church Fathers Commentary on the Gospels