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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
(5 Books)
"The Prophets"
(21 Books)
"The Writings"
(13 Books)
"The Second Cannon"
(7 Books)
  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • I Samuel
  • II Samuel
  • I Kings
  • II Kings
  • 1saiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekiel
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggi
  • Zechariah
  • Jonah
  • Malachi
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Job
  • Daniel
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • I Chronicles
  • II Chronicles
  • Song of Songs
  • Ruth
  • Lamentations
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Esther
  • Tobit
  • Judith
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Sirach
  • Baruch
  • I Maccabees
  • II Maccabees

  • 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.
    The Gospels
    (Gospels means "Good News",
    4 Books)
    Early Christians
    (Story of a New Religion
    1 Book)
    Letters of Paul
    (To Churches and Individuals
    13 books)
    (Written between 57 and 62 AD)
    Other Letters
    (8 books)
    (1 book)
  • Matthew (85 AD)
  • Mark (70 AD)
  • Luke (75 AD)
  • John (90-100 AD)
  • The Acts of the Apostles (75 AD)
  • Romans
  • I Corinthians
  • II Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • I Thessalonians
  • II Thesallonians
  • I Timothy
  • II Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon
  • 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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