The Bible is the Holy book of the Christian faith, and of Judaism. In Judaism, the Bible is usually split into 24 "books", whereas in the Christian faith, the Bible can be split into as many as 81 "books" in some branches of Christianity. In Judaism, the Bible is divided into three sections, named Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. On the other hand, for Christians, the Bible is divided into two sections - the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The Old Testament was originally written mostly in classical Hebrew, although some extracts from within Ezra, Jeremiah and Daniel were written in Aramaic. It is thought that the original writings of the Old Testament were recorded sometime between the twelfth and the second century BC, but that the material written in the Old Testament may have circulated by word of mouth many years before this. The material in the Old Testament is very similar to that found in the Hebrew Bible, although the books found in the two are arranged in different orders. Most consider the material within the Old Testament to be "scripture" - that is, sacred, and even inspired by a higher being such as God himself.
The New Testament in the Christian Bible is frequently centered on Jesus and his actions and teachings. Many sections of the New Testament are referred to as "Gospels", and in Church services you may hear the words, "from the gospel according to Luke", "Matthew", "Mark" or "John". The material drawn from the gospels of these writers is very similar, and sometimes even contains the exact same wording. It is thought that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were very closely related with Jesus, and their gospels are recordings of the actions and deeds done by Jesus.
In relation to the Bible, a debate often rages between two groups of people with different beliefs. The first groups believes that the Bible is the exact and true word of God, and God used humans in order to record his teachings exactly how he wanted. On the other hand, the second group believes that the Bible was inspired by a belief in God, and is not the exact word of God.
The English word Bible comes from the Greek word biblia, meaning books. So it is a library, a collection of sacred books. The Bible is the best preserved book and the bestselling book of the world. So, even if you are not a Christian, you ought to read it and discover it's literary treasures. It was written during the period 1100 BC to 100 AD. The Bible was originally written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
The writers includes kings, prophets, priests, soldiers, song writers, judges and even a tax collector, a shepherd, a prime minister and a doctor. God uses the writers as His mouthpiece. The Bible is the word of God. It is a communication in which God makes himself known to humanity. It is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The writers of the Old Testament received the Word of God and communicated it to the world. The writers of the New Testament wrote about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament (Penta- Greek form pente) means five. These are the books traditionally ascribed to Moses, the recipient of the original revelation from God on Mount Sinai. Pentateuch (Five Scrolls), also known as Law or Torah, is traditionally the most revered portion of the Hebrew canon. It comprises a series of narratives, interspersed with law codes, providing an account of events from the beginning of the world to the death of Moses. Jewish, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant canons all agree on their order: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The main message or theme of the Bible is salvation. As a result of sin, death came into the world. But God loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die and pay the penalty of our sins. And whosoever believed in Jesus Christ shall have eternal life. The Bible is much more than a guide book; it is a love letter from a personal God to each one of us. The Bible is the most argued, the most hated, the most debated, and the most scorned and also considered the most controversial book of the world. But it is what it really is... The Word of God.
The Bible is God's infallible (unfailing) Word to us. The Bible is God's message to us. Like God, then, the Bible is trustworthy and true. Everything the Bible teaches, affirms, commands, and says concerning God's kingdom is trustworthy and true.
The Bible is not just a handbook written by man, it has an eternal dimension. Speech is a good means of communication and words are the most precise way of expressing our thoughts. Although God speaks through nature, He also explains Himself in words. We call what God says through nature "general revelation" but the Bible is part of "special revelation". Through dreams, visions and sometimes face to face. Jesus is another part of "special revelation" Jesus is God's Word; a walking, talking, living word.
The Bible conveys God's message to us, it is authoritative. (1) Christians are to trust and obey every word of God. (2) Christians are to be totally loyal to the Word of God. They are to live by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (3) God's Word is to govern every area of their lives.
God is eternal. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Therefore, since the Bible is God's word it has eternal relevance. It is relevant not just for then or now, but for all times.
It is a book written by God inspired men. It is God's instruction book on life. It's about His laws and commandments. It also gives an account of the story of Jesus; his birth, his ministry, his life, his death, and his resurrection. It has poetry, love stories, history, etc. It is God's word. Still the best seller. Do you have one?
It's a pretty neat book. I think most of it is a load of crock, but at times it has a good message. There are some really wicked stories in there though, like the time Samson wiped out a whole army with a bone and then sang a little couplet about it.
With an ass's jaw, I've made asses of them.
With an ass's jaw, I've killed a thousand men.
Or something like that. Isn't that awesome? Although parts of it do drag on a bit.
Abram who begat Jacob who begat Ishmael who begat Methuselah....
All in all, a good read. I'd give it a thumb through some time if I were you.
Its the book for christians to read about God and Jesus and other things
A word picture of God's heart, Our True Love , calling Whosoever will freely come, for a heart restoration.