The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 authors, in three different languages, on three different continents, over approximately 1600 years. The Bible claims to be inspired and inerrant. This means that the Bible claims to be from God and that it is without error in everything it addresses.
The Bible contains many different styles of writing such as poetry, narration, fiction , history, law, and prophecy and must be interpreted in context of those styles. It is the source of the Christian religion in that the Bible contains the words of God and how the Christian is to apply the words of God to his life.
Basically, the Bible describes the origin of man in the Garden of Eden along with his fall into sin and out of fellowship with God. It then describes how God called out a special people to Himself, the Israelites. He promised the Israelites a future Messiah who would restore mankind's relationship with God. The Bible is the account of the work of God in history bringing to fruition His prophetic declarations concerning Jesus. Jesus was born of the Virgin, died on the cross, and paid for sins, just as the Bible prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New. In short, the Bible points to Jesus, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me," (John 5:39 ).
Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that forgiveness of sins is found in Jesus alone, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12 ).
Some say that the Bible is nothing more than fairy tales. But this cannot be for it contains great wisdom and truth and it has been verified throughout history as being accurate. Its historical accounts are flawlessly accurate. In fact, archaeology routinely demonstrates the accuracy of the biblical records concerning locations and events recorded in the Bible.
The Old Testament Books written by the prophets such as Moses, David, Isaiah, etc.
- Pentateuch - 5 books:
- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- Historical Books - 12 books:
- Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
- Poetical - 5 books:
- Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
- Prophetical - 17 books:
- Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel;
- Minor Prophets - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
The New Testament Books written by those who knew Jesus or were under the guidance of those who did
- Historical Books - 5 books:
- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
- Pauline Epistles - 13 books:
- Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
- Non-Pauline Epistles - 9 books:
- Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
- Note: Some authors attribute Hebrews to Paul.
EVERYONE CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE:
There is simply no way to fully grasp the entire Bible overnight and this course is meant as a very top-level one and our tests will be slated that way simply because we are taking a "Lollard-like" standard one in which we must all know a 101 level of the Bible before these type of studies are illegal here as they are in most countries (just watch the news to see that this is not that un-likely). Though we will not be going through the bible in this detail, J Vernon McGee's bible program is a fantastic one that goes thru every level of the bible in detail; while there is time I would highly recommend to supplement our course that you begin reviewing these programs in your own prayerful studies that goes thru every single book in the bible: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/thru-the-bible-with-j-vernon-mcgee/listen/
Congratulations on finishing lesson 3!!! Now please answer the below 20 questions and send to us for grading and final analysis and proceed to the next lesson. Thanks again and God Bless!
1) In your own words what is the Bible?
2) Why would it be important to study the Bibe?
3) How many books are there in the Bible? (Old and New Testaments)
4) If the Bible is historically accurate as we saw in Lesson 1, then why would it be important to understand this even in a secular or public education standpoint?
5) What is the Torah?
6) What is the oldest copy of the Bible that we have?
7) What are some of the key points in Bible translation today? In other words what was the original langauges of the Old and New Testaments?
8) What was the first Bible translation made into; in other words the original New Testament was mostly in Greek what language was it translated into before English?
9) What was the Latin Vulgate?
10) Who was John Wycliffe? What was the Wycliffe Bible and what was it translated from?
11) What was Erasmus' Bible and what was its significance?
12) Who was William Tyndale and what was the Tyndale Bible?
13) What was the Coverdale Bible?
14) What was the Great Bible?
15) What was the Bishop's Bible?
16) What was the Geneva Bible?
17) What was the King James Bible?
18) Why is it important to understand the Bible we are reading (that is in English)?
19) Can we trust our Bibles since they are not in the original langauge? (Please explain)
20) How do we trust in the Holy Spirit and Inspiration not only when considering the writing of the Bible but in our own reading of it?
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