(Pic) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
with his students (1939)

Did you know?

In 1914 there were approximately 80,000 churches & chapels in Russia but after a small fringe group known as the Bolshevicks took control of the government Christianity was made illegal by and large and by 1935 there were only a few hundred of these churches left.  80,000 to a few hundred in less than 20 years - And at the time Russia said something like that "could never happen."  How little we have learned from history...

Biblical Introduction

This link provides a great "panaroma" of the entire Bible in a church I frequently attend (please watch):

http://www.fellowshipnwa.org/panorama-of-the-bible-session-1

FIRST point of interest - The purpose of this site and our certificate program is not going through a point by point exegete of Scripture (though this is a vital aspect that we should all go through by the Spirit, personal and church study), but regardless we MUST know at least the basics of our Bibles and be able to communicate these points in the event that the bible is made "illegal" overnight as it is in so many other countries (and becoming more and more restricted in the United States). Many countries have laws that if you are even found with a Bible you are to be killed.  

The below video discusses the history of the English Bible we are studying from and why it is important to know about the version in your hand:

Introduction to the Bible Study Guide: http://www.ibiblio.org/freebiblecommentary/pdf/EN/SEMINAR.pdf

The above Bible Study guide will give you a great understanding of some of the major components of the Bible (same as our found in the "Encountering the Old Testament/New Testament" which would be ideal for you to purchase (the link I provided you gives the first few chapters)). I am not going to require you to read all of this but will simply encourage you to investigate these more and really encourage you to find a local church (a strong biblically based one - Most Churches of Christ or any Anabaptists churches (such as Mennonite) are usually good but there are many good churches out there and I will leave that up to you as this site is not-denominational).

Great Bible Commentaries to help you through the text (if needed): http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/

Intro to Biblical Archaeology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWawVUZg3Es

What is the Bible?

 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, fiction1 , 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.

  1. Pentateuch - 5 books:
    1. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  2. Historical Books - 12 books:
    1. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
  3. Poetical - 5 books:
    1. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
  4. Prophetical - 17 books:
    1. Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel;
    2. 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

  1. Historical Books -  5 books:
    1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
  2. Pauline Epistles - 13 books:
    1. Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
  3. Non-Pauline Epistles - 9 books:
    1. Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation
      1. 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!

Quiz Three:

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?

Please send to: TheMartyrsCry@yahoo.com

 

Online Bible for your convenience:

"...freely you received, freely give," (Matt. 10:8 ).

 

  O L D    T E S T A M E N T    B O O K S

Pentateuch 5 books

Genesis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
Exodus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Leviticus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Deuteronomy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34

Historical
Books
12 books

Joshua 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Judges 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Ruth 1 2 3 4
1 Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
2 Samuel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1 Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2 Kings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1 Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
2 Chronicles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ezra 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Nehemiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Esther 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Poetical
Books
5 books

Job 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Psalms 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
Proverbs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Ecclesiastes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Song of Songs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Prophetical
Books
17 books

Isaiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66
Jeremiah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52
Lamentations 1 2 3 4 5
Ezekiel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
Daniel 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Hosea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Joel 1 2 3
Amos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Obadiah 1
Jonah 1 2 3 4
Micah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Nahum 1 2 3
Habakkuk 1 2 3
Zephaniah 1 2 3
Haggai 1 2
Zechariah 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Malachi 1 2 3 4

 

 

  N E W    T E S T A M E N T    B O O K S

Historical
5 books

Matthew 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Luke 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
John 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Acts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Pauline
Epistles

Romans 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
1 Corinthians 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
2 Corinthians 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Galatians 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ephesians 1 2 3 4 5 6
Philippians 1 2 3 4
Colossians 1 2 3 4
1 Thessalonians 1 2 3 4 5
2 Thessalonians 1 2 3
1 Timothy 1 2 3 4 5 6
2 Timothy 1 2 3 4
Titus 1 2 3
Philemon 1
Hebrews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Pastoral
Epistles

James 1 2 3 4 5
1 Peter 1 2 3 4 5
2 Peter 1 2 3
1 John 1 2 3 4 5
2 John 1
3 John 1
Jude 1
Prophetic Revelation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22





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