Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Bible

The Bible is God's holy word.
It is comprised of 66 books.  These books are separated into 2 Divisions.
The Old Testament containing 39 books and The New Testament containing 27 books.
The books of the Old and New Testament can each be divided into groups.
Without going into Church history there are a  number of ways Bible Scholars have divided the Bible into parts or sections.
Below, under the heading "The Bible" is a fairly common listing.

If you are new to reading the Bible, where should you begin?
Begin by learning about Jesus. Many suggest beginning in the book of Mark or John in the New Testament.  These books along with 2 others are known as "the Gospels".
Mark tells you what Jesus did in his adult life.  John tells you who Jesus was along with accounts of his public ministry.
Don't worry.  It is not easy to read the Bible and understand everything in it.  You will learn and understand more as you read the Bible over time.  I suggest you read whole books before moving on to the next and instead of jumping around.  Each book is meant to be read in its entirety.

If you are a Christian and familiar with the Bible, it is essential that you make it a priority to  set aside time each day to read it.
Know God's word and deepen your faith.
Read it, 
think about it and 
by all means put what you learn into practice.  2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.  
Ephesians 4:15 says "..we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ..." 

THE BIBLE 

THE OLD TESTAMENT-  Written before the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Law also known as the Pentateuch

Genesis  Exodus  Leviticus  Numbers  Deuteronomy

History

Joshua  Judges  Ruth  1 Samuel  2 Samuel  1 Kings  2 Kings  1 Chronicles  2 Chronicles
Ezra  Nehemiah  Esther

Poetry

Job  Psalms  Proverbs  Ecclesiastes  Song of Solomon

Prophets

Major Prophets - Isaiah   Jeremiah   Lamentations  Ezekiel  Daniel
Minor Prophets - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah  Jonah  Micah  Nahum  Habakkuk         Zephaniah  Haggai  Zechariah  Malachi

THE NEW TESTAMENT- Written after the Birth of JESUS

Gospels  

Matthew  Mark  Luke  John

Church History

Acts   (chronological history of the early church)

Letters or Epistles   (written from church leaders such as Paul to various Churches)

Letters by Paul - Romans  1 Corinthians  2 Corinthians  Galatians  Ephesians
Philippians  Colossians  1 Thessalonians  2 Thessalonians  1 Timothy  2 Timothy
Titus  Philemon  Hebrews

Letters by Others or General Epistles- James  1 Peter  2 Peter  1 John   2 John  3 John   Jude

Prophecy

Revelation
Summary

The Bible or Scripture is the inerrant Word of God - without error or  fault in all its teaching. (Psalm 18:30)  It is all of God.

Click here to read an article by Bible.org on the subject inerrancy.  As this article states "inerrancy is in keeping with character of God.  If God is true and he is God is (Romans 3:4), 
and if God breathed out the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16), then the Scripture, being the product of God, must also be true."
"A study of what Jesus said about the Bible reveals not only His belief in its verbal,plenary inspiration, but the He also believed it was inerrant.... Why is Jesus testimony important? Because God authenticated and proved Him to be His own divine Son by the resurrection."

The Bible was written by men under the divine direction or inspiration of God.
The Bible contains many different styles of writing such as poetry, narration, law, history, and prophecy. The text is interpreted in context of the relevant style of writing. 


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