
Decree
of Damasus, from the Acts of the Roman Synod, 382 A.D.
The Canon of Sacred
Scripture
179 Now
indeed we must treat of the divine Scriptures, what the universal
Catholic Church accepts and what she ought to shun.
The order
of the Old Testament begins here: Genesis one book, Exodus
one book, Leviticus one book, Numbers one book, Deuteronomy
one book, Josue Nave one book, Judges one book, Ruth one book,
Kings four books, Paralipomenon two books, Psalms one book,
Solomon three books, Proverbs one book, Ecclesiastes one book,
Canticle of Canticles one book, likewise Wisdom one book,
Ecclesiasticus one book.
Likewise
the order of the Prophets. Isaias one book, Jeremias one book,
with Ginoth, that is, with his lamentations, Ezechiel one
book, Daniel one book, Osee one book, Micheas one book, Joel
one book, Abdias one book, Jonas one book, Nahum one book,
Habacuc one book, Sophonias one book, Aggeus one book, Zacharias
one book, Malachias one book.
Likewise
the order of the histories. Job one book, Tobias one book,
Esdras two books, Esther one book, Judith one book, Machabees
two books.
Likewise
the order of the writings of the New and eternal Testament,
which the holy and Catholic Church supports. Of the Gospels,
according to Matthew one book, according to Mark one book,
according to Luke one book, according to John one book.
The
Epistles of Paul [the apostle] in number fourteen. To the
Romans one, to the Corinthians two, to the Ephesians one,
to the Thessalonians two, to the Galatians one, to the Philippians
one, to the Colossians one, to Timothy two, to Titus one,
to Philemon one, to the Hebrews one.
Likewise
the Apocalypse of John, one book. And the Acts of the Apostles
one book.
Likewise
the canonical epistles in number seven. Of Peter the Apostle
two epistles, of James the Apostle one epistle, of John the
Apostle one epistle, of another John, the presbyter, two epistles
(see note below), of Jude the Zealot, the Apostle one epistle.
The canon of the
New Testament ends here.
Note
in Denzinger: The Council of Carthage (15 years later) in
397A.D. attributes the three Epistles to the Apostle St John.
See Denzinger #186.
