Whose Books are Those?

Since we live in a town with a strong Roman Catholic presence, the question often arises among youth why their friends and classmates have more books in their Bibles than we do, and furthermore, what are these mystery books? 

Catholic Bibles add the Old Testament writings of:

  1. Tobit
  2. Judith
  3. Additions to the book of Esther
  4. 1 & 2 Maccabees
  5. Wisdom of Solomon
  6. Sirach
  7. Baruch
  8. Additions to the book of Daniel

Versions of the Bible one might encounter these books in include the New American Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible, and any large study Bible that includes the apocrypha (such as the New Oxford Annotated Bible).  These books are not bad in any particular way, and some are very worthwhile reads, but they are not regarded as authoritative in the same way as the rest of the Bible is.