The Bible & You
The word "Bible" comes from the Greek word "Bibla" meaning "books". The Bible is thus not a single book but a collection of books. It is a collection of Writings about God (Yahweh)
The Bible is divided into 2 parts. The Old Testament and the New Testament. Testament means "Agreement". The Bible may also be refered to as "Scripture" which means "Sacred Writings".
The New Testament writes about stories about an Old Agreement between God and Man (the Hebrews) when the Hebrews came out of Slavery in Egypt and how it worked out.
The New Testament are stories and teachings about a New Agreement between God and man based on the teachings and life of Jesus. Jesus opened up the relationship with God for All men who believed in Him and accepted God's forgiveness of their sins.
The Old Testament
The Old Testament has 46 books. It is a collection of religious books written in Hebrew covering a period of over 900 years. The Old Testaments comprises the following :
|"The Law" or Torah or Pentateuch
|"The Second Cannon"
Song of Songs
Wisdom of Solomon
The New Testament
The New Testament is a collection of 27 books written in Greek in less than 100 years (51 to 105 AD) after Christ. It is written as a missionary handbook proclaiming the birth, growth and teachings of the Christian Church.
(Gospels means "Good News",
(Story of a New Religion
|Letters of Paul
(To Churches and Individuals
(Written between 57 and 62 AD)
Matthew (85 AD)
Mark (70 AD)
Luke (75 AD)
John (90-100 AD)
The Acts of the Apostles (75 AD)
Hebrews (66 AD)
James (62 AD)
I Peter (64-67 AD)
II Peter (100 AD)
I John (100 AD)
II JOhn (100 AD)
III JOhn (100 AD)
Jude (90 AD)
Revelation (96 AD)
Why Read the Bible
Help Understand God and His works
To know the Person of Jesus, His teachings and Deeds
Help you to live and act
To share stories of human experience in literary forms
Prophesies, wise sayings
short stories and letters
How to Read the Bible
Set aside TIME for Bible Reading - Make Bible reading a habit... every day of the year
Try to read a "Book at a time" - many books of the bible can be read in 20 minutes.. some in an hour, others require more
Try to understand the Writer's Purpose - Who was he ? What was his "words" ? Why did he write ?
and Who the message was for - Who was the audience for this message.. what did it mean to them ? What does it mean to you ?
keep a Notebook as you read - Jot down words to look up .. and questions for which to find answers.
Look up things you don't understand - use a Bible Concordance, dictionary, atlas and commentary to help you.
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