The Bible is the Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments based on the Hebrew religion. The word "Bible" itself comes from the latin word "biblia", which simply means "book". Much like Gods name is "I am" the true name of the holy scriptures is much simpler than you might think. The Bible in Greek translates to Ta Biblia ('the books') which is traced back to the Phoenician port city of Gebal, known as Byblos to the Greeks. Writing became associated with Byblos as an exporter of papyrus (used in writing) and the Greek name for papyrus was bublos. The Old Testament is the first section of the Bible, covering the creation of Earth through Noah and the flood, Moses and more, finishing with the Jews being expelled to Babylon.The New Testament tells the story of the life of Jesus and the early days of Christianity, most notably Paul’s efforts to spread Jesus’ teaching. It collects 27 books, all originally written in Greek.
The Bible was written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC. and The New Testament books were written by Christians in the early first century AD. Before the Bible was compiled together for the world to read it the jewish people mainly relied on the Torah from ancient scrolls.The divine origin of the Bible is demonstrated through its frequent use of prophecy. Of all the “holy books” of the world, only the Bible contains accurate, predictive prophecy because only the God of the Bible knows the future and has the power to bring it to pass (Isaiah 46:9–12).
The great biblical themes in the Bible are about God, his revealed works of creation, provision, judgment, deliverance, his covenant, and his promises. The Hebrew Bible sees what happens to humankind in the light of God’s nature, righteousness, faithfulness, mercy, and love. It was divinely inspired by God and created so that the future generations could know and have a relationship with him. Psalm 102:18 "Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD"
The major themes about humankind relate to humanity’s rebellion, estrangement, and perversion; humankind’s redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation are all viewed as the gracious works of God. For more information how the Bible impacts our lives check out our other blog posts that relate the Bible to everyday life and your personal spiritual health.
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