AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
Bible is the inspired Word of God. If we do not believe that, there is no reason
to study it. Consider these important verses that support the belief that God
inspired the Bible and that the Bible has a real use intended by God.
is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament
means will. So the Bible is God’s will for His people. The Old Testament was
His will for the people of those times. The New Testament is His will for His
people from the time that Jesus came to this world to the end of time.
The Bible contains 66 books; 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The entire collection of the books is called “the book.”
overall purpose of the Bible is to convey the redemptive plan of God for the
was written by more than 40 authors, yet there is unity throughout. It was
written over a period of about 1500 years, from 1400 B.C. to 96 A.D. The Old
Testament was written in the Hebrew language and the New Testament in the Greek
term used for the word testament is covenant or contract. So, sometimes, we use
the expression “the new covenant.” This term expresses God’s willingness
to solve the problem of sin that separates people from God.
remember that the Bible was divided into chapters and verses by the translators
to make it more easily read and understood. However, we often find something
unfinished within a chapter and must go on to the next one to complete the
thought. An example is Romans chapter 5, which continues the theme in chapter 6.
tools that help in Bible study: King James Version of the Bible or a version
based on the King James Version such as the New King James Version or the New
American Standard Bible, a dictionary, a concordance and a Bible dictionary. All
Scriptures used in this study are from the New King James Version.