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Reading ancient literature is not easy
There are some weird things that happen at the beginning. (talking snakes, worldwide floods, people who lived over 900 years)
The word “Bible” comes from the Latin and Greek words meaning “book”
66 different books make up the Bible
Law / Documents to establish the nation of Israel and God’s relationship with them
Narratives / History of Israel
Church History / How did the church start
Poetry – wisdom /worship
Prophecy / God reaching out through chosen prophets
Letters / These were sent to people and churches
About 40 different authors
Written over a period of about 1500 years
kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds, and doctors.
From all this diversity comes an incredible unity, with common themes woven throughout.
What is the Bible? – The Divisions
The Bible is divided into two main parts: the Old Testament (37) and the New Testament (27)
In short, the Old Testament is the story of a nation
and the New Testament is the story of a Man.
The nation was God’s way of bringing the Man—Jesus Christ—into the world.
Not only does the OT tell the story of this nation
But it also answers great questions that I will go more in depth in future videos
(1) Where did I come from?
(2) Why am I here?
(3) Where am I going?
(4) Why is there so much suffering in the world?
The New Testament details the coming of that promised Man, Jesus, and He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament as He lived a perfect life, died to become the Savior, and rose from the dead.
Jesus is the central character in the Bible—the whole book is really about Him.
The Old Testament predicts His coming and sets the stage for His entrance into the world.
The New Testament describes His coming and His work to bring salvation to our sinful world.
Jesus is more than a historical figure; in fact, He is more than a man.
He is God in the flesh, and His coming was the most important event in the history of the world.
God Himself became a man in order to give us a clear, understandable picture of who He is.
The Bible’s unity is due to the fact that, ultimately, it has one Author—God Himself. The Bible is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The human authors wrote exactly what God wanted them to write, and the result was the perfect and holy Word of God (Psalm 12:6; 2 Peter 1:21).
Those 40 plus authors, most of them never met, but the miracle of the Bible is that it’s all one united book telling one story.