For 274 Years The KJV Bible Had Over 45 Books But Now It Only Has 39 Because In 1885 Two Old Men From The University of Cambridge Said Remove Them And Everyone Said OK

A list of books in the KJV Bible, read by many for 274 years, were suddenly removed in 1885.

Deuteronomy 4:2
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

The collective name assigned to the books that were removed is, “Apocrypha”, meaning: those that were hidden. Generally, the term is applied to writings that were not part of the canon because they are not considered genuine.

Timothy 3:16-17
16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 17: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Here is the list of what was removed:

1 Esdras (Vulgate 4 Esdras)
Book of Tobit (the Vulgate, and Luther call it “Tobias”)
Book of Judith (“Judeth” in Geneva)
Book of Wisdom
Ecclesiasticus (also known as Sirach)
Baruch and the Epistle of Jeremy (“Jeremiah” in Geneva) (all part of Vulgate Baruch)
Song of the Three Children (Vulgate Daniel 3:24–90)
Story of Susanna (Vulgate Daniel 13)
The Idol Bel and the Dragon (Vulgate Daniel 14)
Prayer of Manasses (Daniel)
1 Maccabees
2 Maccabees

The Ethiopian and Roman Catholic Bibles still currently have these books in the Old Testament. They do not call them Apocrypha.

The most popular Bible at the time of Jesus was the Greek Septuagint version – which included the extra books.

Why did this happen?


In 1885 two critics,  Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort had 14 books removed from the Bible. The Catholics ignored Westcott and Hort, but the Protestants and the Anglicans obeyed. 

This was not the dark ages, they had electricity, automobiles, engines, etc. This was a modern-day removal of 14 books from God’s Word because they felt those books needed to go.

Your KJV Bible was altered by these two men.

Where are we today with the Old Testament?

  • The Orthodox Bible has 51 books
  • The Protestant Bible, (such as the King James), has 39 books
  • The Catholic Bible contains 46 books
  • The Jewish Bible (Tanakh) has 24 books
  • The Ethiopian Bible has all original books (full count)

The KJV Bible speaks of many unknown books:

  • Book of the Covenant – Exodus 24:7
  • Book of the Wars of the Lord – Numbers 21:14
  • Book of Jasher – Joshua 10: 13, 2 Samuel 1:18
  • The Manner of the Kingdom / Book of Statutes – 1 Samuel 10:25
  • Book of Samuel the Seer – 1 Chronicles 29:29 
  • Nathan the Prophet – 1 Chronicles 29:29,  2 Chronicles 9:29
  • Acts of Solomon – 1 Kings 11:41
  • Shemaiah the Prophet – 2 Chronicles 12:15
  • Prophecy of Abijah – 2 Chronicles 9:29
  • Story of Prophet Iddo – 2 Chronicles 13:22 
  • Visions of Iddo the Seer –2 Chronicles 9:29 
  • Iddo Genealogies – 2 Chronicles 12:15
  • Book of Jehu – 2 Chronicles 20:34
  • Sayings of the Seers – 2 Chronicles 33:19
  • Book of Enoch – Jude 1:14
  • Book of Gad the Seer – 1 Chronicles 29:29
  • Epistle to Corinth – 1 Corinthians 5:9 
  • The Annals of King David – 1 Chronicles 27:24

According to biblical scholars, as many as twenty gospels were not included or banned from inclusion. Among these are the gospel of Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Matthias, Perfection, Bartholomew, Nazarenes, and the book of Hebrews.

Some additional books not included in the new testament are The Epistle of Barnabas, Shepherd of Hermas, The Didache, the lost epistle and the third letter to the Corinthians. There are several more.

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  1. 🙂 It gives me the impression that the priests have intentions of hiding the truth from us.

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  2. *** Secrets!
    They work best, when no one knows about them.
    sigh ***

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  3. The Book of Enoch & The Gospel of Thomas are particularly troublesome for religious leaders.

    Then, there is always translation issues, shifting from one language to another. Many “truths” have been forever lost. Alexandria was a great loss.

    The less we know, the easier we become astray.

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  4. They removed them because those books contradicted their own personal beliefs. Which is stupid. I don’t understand why they don’t just change their beliefs when it doesn’t line up with Yah/God’s Word.

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  5. I’ve done lots of research into the books that were removed from the Bible. Here are the articles I’ve written on the subject:
    A fifth post (on “The Other Books of Enoch”) will be posted tomorrow. But there’s still plenty to write on the subject. With regards to the apocryphal gospels: the only one I’ve found that appears to be absolutely genuine is the Gospel of the Hebrews (also known as the Gospel of the Ebionites or the Gospel of the Nazarenes). Slight possibility Gospel of Nicodemus (aka Acts of Pilate), but haven’t thoroughly researched that one yet. Here is my list of Biblical books:
    The removal of the Apocryphal books from the KJV actually started back in the 1600s. Even though James I passed a law prohibiting the removal of Biblical books (good on him! regardless of whatever his other faults were), publishers realised (about the 1630s, I think) that they could sell just as many Bibles (at lower cost and higher profit) by removing the Apocrypha. However, I think that KJV editions with the Apocrypha were fairly mainstream until the 1800s. Either way, it’s pretty bloody dishonest.
    Keep it up!

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  6. We have two very old family Bibles here, dating from the early 1800s. Methinks I’ll go take a look. Never been much of a bible reader, but this looks intriguing.

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  7. I think ‘they’ set their sails to catch the wind.

    If so, eventually the Bible will consist of just two covers—but people will still swear by it.

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  8. You stated — “Fair’s fair, right?”

    My response — Not when it comes to books. Books are written by authors to be read. It is not the readers job to remove chapters they don’t like and thus take away from the experience for the next reader.

    If one does not like a book (for any reason) then don’t read it, give it a bad review and warn others to stay away.

    But don’t remove chapters you don’t like and then pass it on. (not fair)


    • I am simply speaking to motive.

      They felt those particular books had contradictions that could discredit their religion. If followers left the church they would have less control over them, so they had the books removed.

      When someone thinks the Bible is fake they can remove books easily because it really has no value.

      A person of faith doesn’t want to control the Bible, they simply want to see the whole story, so the more books the better. They don’t fear people leaving.

      My second point was to always keep a “Book” intact and let people come to their own conclusions of validity. No body wants a world where people remove chapters from books because they don’t like them. That’s nonsensical. We don’t need any book police.


      • YOu stated — “Fair enough, I understand your point clearer now.
        In this case, I agree. Stick as many books in the bible as possible, including all the ”other” gospels.”

        My response — Agreed. Then Theist and Atheist can have a better conversation based on the full content.

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  9. I’ve read the Apocrypha and I don’t accept them as being Scripture. It’s an endless argument, with the only solution (it seems)being to trust God’s ability to preserve His Word regardless of what Catholic +++ detractors say. Westcott & Hort were not Heb/Gk scholars. It’s all part of the ‘Long War Against God’. IMHO


  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, many different, confusion, rude, scholarly , biblical, not biblically , God honoring responses to your post. You are very courageous to write this and I applaud for it. It’s always interesting to me so see how many ways biblical truth can be twisted, like the new putting spins on what ever the new is.

    I did not know books had been taken out,=

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