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24 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

Graced by the Holy Spirit, the Apostles did what Jesus commanded

them. They did this orally, in writing, by the heroic sanctity of their lives,

and by ensuring that there would be successors for this mission. The

first communication of the Gospel was by preaching and witness. The

Apostles proclaimed Jesus, his Kingdom, and the graces of salvation.

They called for the obedience of faith (hearing and obeying God’s Word),

The Church accepts and venerates the Bible as inspired. The Bible

is composed of the forty-six books of the Old Testament and the

twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Together these books

make up the Scriptures. The unity of the Old and New Testaments

flows from the revealed unity of God’s loving plan to save us.

The books of the Old Testament include the Pentateuch, histori-

cal books, the books of the Prophets, and the Wisdom books.

The New Testament contains the four Gospels, the Acts of the

Apostles, and letters from St. Paul and other Apostles and con-

cludes with the Book of Revelation.



of the Bible, which is a term that refers to the books

the Bible contains, was fixed within the first centuries of the

Church. These books that make up both the Old and New

Testaments were identified by the Church as having been

divinely inspired. At times, people challenged the divinely

inspired character of some of the books in the Bible. In 1546, the

Council of Trent declared that all the books in both the Old and

New Testament were inspired in their entirety. This declaration

was subsequently confirmed by both the First Vatican Council

(1869-1870) and the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Those

books whose divinely inspired character was challenged appear

in non-Catholic Bibles identified as either the “Deuterocanonical

Books” or the “Apocrypha.”