What you did not know about the Bible

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What is the Bible?

The bible is God’s word, detailing the account of God’s action in the world, and the Lord’s instructional manual to human beings. It is the source of the Christian religion and has 2 parts, the old & new testament. The Jewish Bible only has 39 books in it. The Christian Bible has 66 since Christians include the New Testament books. The Roman Catholic Church bible has 73 books.

The bible is so interesting to read both for adults and children and reading the Bible daily helps build up our faith. By reading the bible I personally saw my spiritual life grow. It is filled with wonderful stories and miracles [start your kids early by building powerful interest in the bible and see them grow with it.] I recommend:

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So if you asked what is the most read book, the answer is sure, the bible. It is also the best-selling book. Did you know that the bible was written by more than 40 authors, in three continents ( Asia, Europe, and Africa ) and was written in three different original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek).

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.”

The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9, “Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.”.

John Wycliffe was the first to translate the entire Bible into English from the only Latin translations which were available at the time with the help of his friend John Purvey. He died before the translation was complete and that was before the invention of the printing press so all copies had to be handwritten. William Tyndale made the first printed copy of the New Testament in English as he is sometimes referred to as the Father of the English Bible due to the desire to make the Bible available to the common people in England. The main character of the bible is Jesus and how Jesus sent His disciples to spread the news everywhere of His life and His power to save. Jesus’ disciples went in every direction spreading the good news of Jesus and salvation. They traveled through Asia Minor, Greece, and all the Roman Empire. Discerning and Interpreting the bible properly by us human beings requires the guidance of the holy spirit.

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The old and new testament books of the bible.

Old Testament.

The Old Testament is the first 39 books in most Bibles used by Christian churches namely:

1. Pentateuch — 5 books:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

2. Historical Books — 12 books:

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings, First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.

3. Poetical — 5 books:

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

4. Prophetical — 17 books:

a. Major Prophets — Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel;

b. Minor Prophets — Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

 

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The New Testament

The New Testament is the 27 books used by Christian churches namely:

1. Historical Books — 5 books:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts

2. Pauline Epistles — 13 books:

Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

3. Non-Pauline Epistles — 9 books:

Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Who wrote the Bible?

About 40 different human authors contributed to the Bible, which was written over a period of about 1500 years aided by the Holy Spirit.

Old Testament authors

Amos: The book of Amos

Daniel: The book of Daniel

David: Psalms (Other authors wrote portions of Psalms as well)

Ezekiel: The book of Ezekiel

Ezra: The book of Ezra (Additionally Ezra is thought to have written 1st and 2nd Chronicles and possibly portions of Nehemiah)

Habakkuk: The book of Habakkuk

Haggai: The book of Haggai

Hosea: The book of Hosea

Isaiah: The book of Isaiah

Jeremiah: 1st and 2nd Kings, Lamentations, the book of Jeremiah

Joel: The book of Joel

Jonah: The book of Jonah

Joshua: The book of Joshua

Malachi: The book of Malachi

Micah: The book of Micah

Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Moses possibly compiled/wrote the book of Job)

Nahum: The book of Nahum

Nehemiah: The book of Nehemiah

Obadiah: The book of Obadiah

Samuel: (Samuel is believed to have written 1st and 2nd Samuel, Ruth, and Judges)

Solomon: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs)

Zechariah: The book of Zechariah

Zephaniah: The book of Zephaniah

New Testament authors

James: The book of James

John: Gospel of John, 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John, Revelation

Jude: Book of Jude

Luke: Gospel of Luke, Acts of the Apostles

Mark: Gospel of Mark

Matthew: Gospel of Matthew

Paul: Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon (possibly the book of Hebrews)

Peter: 1st and 2nd Peter

what is the bible catholic (Catholic Bible)?

In another sense, a “Catholic Bible” is a Bible published in accordance with the prescriptions of Catholic canon law. Canon is a Greek word meaning “rule” or “measuring stick.”. A Catholic Bible includes the whole 73-book canon recognized by the Catholic Church. There is, in fact, only one Canon of Scripture of the Old Testament recognized by the Catholic Church and it is based on the Septuagint version of the Old Testament because, while both the Hebrew scriptures and the Septuagint were used in Palestine and elsewhere in the time of Christ, the Septuagint was used by the apostles and Early Christianity in the universal proclamation of the Gospel. Indeed, most of the quotations from the Old Testament appearing in the New Testament books are from the Septuagint, not the Hebrew scriptures.

What is the Protestant bible?

A Protestant Bible is a Christian Bible used by the protestant church whose translation or revision was produced by Protestants. Such Bibles comprise 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament for a total of 66 books.

Why are Protestant and Catholic Bibles different?

The protestants used a different yardstick approach to what should be in the bible hence the Protestant Bible, is seven books shorter than the Roman Catholic church Bible. It is not like books were removed but included using a different standard of what should be in the Bible.

The Hebrew Bible has 24 books. The Protestant Old Testament includes exactly the same information but organized into 39 books. For example, the Hebrew Bible has one book of Samuel, while the Protestant Bible has I and II Samuel — same book, but divided into two parts.

In addition to these 39 books, the Catholic Old Testament includes Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus (Sirach), Baruch (includes the Letters of Jeremiah), I and II Maccabees, and additions to Daniel and Esther. Incidentally, Protestants and Catholics use the same New Testament, the content of which was defined by Athanasius in 367.

What are the 7 extra books in the Catholic Bible?

The 7 extra books” are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and parts of Esther and Daniel which have been part of the Canon of the Bible for hundreds of years before Christ appeared on the earth.

What is the Geneva Bible?

also called Breeches Bible was the most widely read, most popular and influential English language Bible version of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Published in Geneva (New Testament, 1557; Old Testament, 1560) by a colony of Protestant scholars in exile from England, The Geneva Bible was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses.

What is the King James Bible (KJV)?

also called Authorized Version or King James Bible, English translation of the Bible published in 1611 under the auspices of King James I of England. The translation had a marked influence on English literary style and was generally accepted as the standard English Bible from the mid-17th to the early 20th century and it is still the favored biblical translation of many Christian religious movements.

What is the purpose of the bible?

The Bible is great literature and the all-time number one best-selling book. It contains history, entertaining stories, poetry, philosophy, love, marriage counseling, Jesus’s teaching, eternal life, truth, and personal letters. But, more than that, the Bible is God’s Word. If we have to speak of a single purpose of the Bible, it would be to reveal God to us. There are many things that we could never know about God unless He told them to us. The Bible is God’s self-revelation to humanity. The Bible also tells us who we are. It tells us of our sin and of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. Reading it daily is a necessity for building up your Christian faith.

What is the bible Rob Bell?

Rob bell an author and speaker, with his book, What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything attempts to provide relief for those confused by Scripture. He believes the confusion is best resolved by stressing the human aspect of the Bible in the hopes of opening Scripture to everyone, not just the “religious.”

According to Bell, the creation story of Genesis was arranged during exile in Babylon as a peaceful alternative to the violent pagan creation myths (289–90). Satan also took literary form during this time as a way of thinking about evil, which resolves some of the apparent contradictions between Old Testament books (275). Discussing Leviticus, Bell explains that the sacrificial system was a human invention put in place to deal with feelings of fear and guilt (244).

Bell treats the New Testament similarly when he contends that Jesus didn’t have to die. Rather, he claims Jesus was murdered, and the writers of the New Testament simply interpreted his death in light of the sacrificial system.

What is the main message of the Bible?

1. Love wins and In living in this salvation, we live surrounded by God’s love. God’s Plan For His People In sending his son Jesus Christ is the ultimate act of love.

When was the bible compiled — assembled?

Due to the fact that the Bible is not a single book determining when it was written is not easy. Jerome wasn’t the first to select all 66 books we know today as the Bible. He was the first to translate and compile everything into a single volume.

History of the bible

The Bible is the holy scripture of the Christian religion, detailing the history of the Earth from its earliest creation to the spread of Christianity in the first century A.D. which has origins in the ancient religion of Judaism.

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls (also Qumran Caves Scrolls) are ancient Jewish religious manuscripts found in the Qumran Caves in the Judaean Desert, near Ein Feshkha on the northern shore of the Dead Sea. The texts have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the second-oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late Second Temple Judaism.

Teenage shepherds accidentally stumbled upon the first set of Dead Sea Scrolls while tending their goats and sheep near the ancient settlement of Qumran, located on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in what is now known as the West Bank. Almost all of the Hebrew Bible is represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Hebrew is one of the original languages of the Dead Sea Scrolls (majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls are in Hebrew, but others are in Aramaic, the language spoken by many Jews — including, most likely, Jesus — between the sixth century B.C. and the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The Dead Sea Scrolls include a guide to hidden treasure as One of the most intriguing manuscripts from Qumran is the Copper Scroll, a sort of ancient treasure map that lists dozens of gold and silver caches.

Overview of the bible

Old Testament.

1. Genesis. This is the first Book of Moses. It has 50 chapters and 1533 verses. Genesis describes the creation/beginning and throws light on how the nation of Israel came to be.

2. Exodus. This is the second Book of Moses. It has 40 chapters and 1213 verses. It describes the history of the Israelites detailing slavery and God’s interference to free them from Egypt.

3. Leviticus: This is the Third Book of Moses. It has 27 chapters and 859 verses. Here God details to Israel how they are to be his holy people and to worship Him.

4. Numbers: This is the fourth Book of Moses. It has 36 chapters 1,288 verses. Numbers details Israel’s journey from Mount Sinai and how they failed to trust and obey God, and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.

5. Deuteronomy: This is the fifth Book of Moses. . It has 34 chapters 959 verses. Deuteronomy serves as a reminder to God’s people about His covenant. The law rehearsed and the death of Moses.

6. Joshua:24 chapters 658 verses. Joshua is a story of conquest and fulfillment for the people of God with Joshua as Israel’s new leader to conquer the Promised land.

7. Judges:21 chapters 618 verses. The book of Judges details the life of Israel in the Promised Land, turning from God, falling captive to oppressive nations and being rescued by leaders God sends their way.

8. Ruth:4 chapters 85 verses. The book of Ruth details the story of the ancestors of the royal family of Judah. Also the fall and restoration of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth.

9. 1 Samuel:31 chapter 810 verses. Samuel relates to Israel’s demands for a king, as we see the rise of the monarchy and the tragedy of its first king, Saul.

10. 2 Samuel:24 chapters 695 verses. David becomes king of Israel after King Saul’s failure.

11. 1 Kings:22 chapter 816 verses. 1 Kings continue the account of the monarchy in Israel and God’s involvement through the prophets as they contain the history of the nation from David’s death and Solomon’s accession to the destruction of the kingdom of Judah and the desolation of Jerusalem.

12. 2 Kings:25 chapters 719 verses. 2 Kings details dispersion of Judah and Israel as the people of both nations are exiled for disobedience.

13. 1 Chronicles:29 chapter 942 verses. Details history of Israel from Adam to David

14. 2 Chronicles:36 chapters 822 verses. 2 Chronicles continues the account of Israel’s history with David’s son Solomon building the temple.

15. Ezra:10 chapters 280 verses. The story of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile to the covenant land.

16. Nehemiah:13 chapters 406 verses. The Israelites rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and once again obey God’s laws.

17. Esther:10 chapters 167 verses. Esther details a Jewish girl who becomes queen of Persia and saves the Jewish people from destruction

18. Job:42 chapters 1,070 verses. The book of Job relates to the trial account of a holy man of Edom.

19. Psalms:150 chapters 2,461 verses. The Psalms represents centuries worth of praises and prayers to God’s collection of 150 songs written by David and others.

20. Proverbs:31 chapters 915 verses. Proverbs details The wise sayings of Solomon.

21. Ecclesiastes:12 chapters 222 verses. A poem respecting the vanity of earthly things to examine the human experience and assess the human situation.

22. Songs:8 chapters 117 verses. Collection of love songs celebrating love, desire, and marriage..

23. Isaiah:66 chapters 1,292 verses. Documents prophecies about a coming king and unveils God’s judgment and salvation.

24. Jeremiah:52 chapters 1,364 verses. This book documents an account of the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah who God sent to warn Israel about the coming Babylonian captivity.

25. Lamentations:5 chapters 154 verses. Lamentations details the utterance of Jeremiah’s sorrow upon the capture and destruction of Jerusalem.

26. Ezekiel:48 chapters 1,273 verses. The book of Ezekiel details messages to the jews in captivity to tell them the error of their ways and comfort them.

27. Daniel:12 chapters 357 verses. Daniel captures the major events in the life of the prophet Daniel during Israel’s exile and a narrative of some of the occurrences of the captivity, and a series of prophecies concerning Christ

28. Hosea:14 chapters 197 verses. Hosea details Prophecies relating to Christ and the latter days.

29. Joel:3 chapters 73 verses. The prophet Joel’s prediction of woes upon Judah about God’s coming judgment.

30. Amos:9 chapters 146 verses. Amos a shepherd prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah over Judah and preached against the injustice in Israel.

31. Obadiah:1 chapter 21 verses. The prophet Obadiah predicted of Edom’s desolation.

32. Jonah:4 chapters 48 verses. The book of Jonah is about a rebellious prophet who despises his God for loving his enemies. Jonah details a disobedient prophet who runs from God gets swallowed by a fish and the subsequent outcome

33. Micah:7 chapters 105 verses. Micah predicted the fall of her capital, Samaria, foretold the inevitable desolation of Judah and the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem

34. Nahum:3 chapters 47 verses. The book details the prediction of the downfall of Assyria and God’s judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Assyria

35. Habakkuk:3 chapters 56 verses. A prediction of the doom of the Chaldeans. Habakkuk pleads with God to stop the injustice and violence in Judah.

36. Zephaniah:3 chapters 53 verses. Zephaniah details God’s approaching judgment and a prediction of the overthrow of Judah for its idolatry and wickedness.

37. Haggai:2 chapters 38 verses. Haggai details prophecies concerning the rebuilding of the temple

38. Zechariah:14 chapters 211 verses. Zechariah rebukes the people of Judah and to encourage them Israel to return to God.

39. Malachi:4 chapters 55 verses. Prophecies relating to the calling of the Gentiles and the coming of Christ not only to judge his people but also to bless and restore them.

New Testament.

40. Matthew:28 chapters 1,071 verses.

41. Mark:16 chapters 678 verses.

42. Luke:24 chapters 1,151 verses.

43. John:21 chapters 879 verses.

44. Acts of the Apostles:28 chapters 1,007 verses.

45. Romans:16 chapters 433 verses.

46. 1 Corinthians:16 chapters 437 verses.

47. 2 Corinthians:13 chapters 257 verses.

48. Galatians:6 chapters 149 verses.

49. Ephesians:6 chapters 155 verses.

50. Philippians:4 chapters 104 verses.

51. Colossians:4 chapters 95 verses.

52. 1 Thessalonians:5 chapters 89 verses.

53. 2 Thessalonians:3 chapters 47 verses.

54. 1 Timothy:6 chapter 113 verses.

55. 2 Timothy:4 chapters 83 verses.

56. Titus:3 chapters 46 verses.

57. Philemon:1 chapter 25 verses.

58. Hebrews:13 chapters 303 verses.

59. James:5 chapters 108 verses.

60. 1 Peter:5 chapter 105 verses.

61. 2 Peter:3 chapters 61 verses.

62. 1 John:5 chapter 105 verses.

63. 2 John:1 chapter 13 verses.

64. 3 John:1 chapter 14 verses.

65. Jude:1 chapter 25 verses.

66. Revelation: 22 chapters 404 verses.

In conclusion, we are God’s creation and reading the bible daily helps our Christian life in every way. The bible to us Christian is akin to what tools are to a mechanic. Not reading your bible is like using a car without its manual because apart from being the best-selling book, being reliable, the bible is true.

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