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My friends I figured before we continue on in these bible studies that there are some things

we should know about the Bible.  This is very useful for New Born Again Christians, our new

brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our Lord and Teacher. 

NOTE: Let ALL CREDIT AND GLORY GO TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

1) Bible Has all the AnswersMy friend what ever question you have like, how did the universe get its start,

or what is the meaning of life or what is your purpose in life?  My friend the Bible that was written by God

through his servants has all the answers to your questions! ( res-0, 1, 2 )

2) What is the Bible?  First Lets look at definition of the word "Testament".  The Word "Testament" or Covenant

means, an agreement, or contract between 2 parties. Such as Old Testament meaning an Old agreement

(Contract) and New Testament meaning a New agreement or (Contract). res-0

The word Bible means "Book."  The Bible was given this name because it is the book of Gods words to us. 

The Bible is also sometimes called Scripture, a word meaning ''something written." The Bible is like a library

of 66 books put together into one big book.  But all of the books within the Bible talk about the same subject:

Gods message to us.  The Bible tells us about God, shows us God mighty acts in the lives of his people, and

describes how people responded to God.  From the Bible we learn what God is like and what he expects of us. 

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3) The Old Testament.  The Bible has two major parts---the Old Testament and the New Testament.  The Old

Testament is a collection of 39 books.  Both Jews and Christians accept these books as scripture.  The Old

Testament starts with the creation of the Universe and of the human race.  Then it continues with the history of

Gods chosen people---Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendents. whom God formed into the nation of

Israel.  In the Old Testament God begins to show his plan for saving people from sin.  Through his prophets he

he promised many times to send the Messiah, the savior of sinners. ( res-1f2 )

4) The New Testament.  The New Testament is made up of 27 books accepted by Christians as scripture.  It

tells about the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and about the beginnings of the Christian Church.  It

describes the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It explains why he died, and it teaches us how we can

be saved from sin. ( res-1f3 )

5) How the Bible Came to Us.  When the books of the Bible were first written, the only way people could have a

copy was for someone to write it out entirely by hand.  This work was done by men called scribes who spent

their entire days copying the Bible letter by letter.  Because this was a long, tiresome job, few people had their

own copy of the Bible.

The Old Testament was first written in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages.  About 250 years before Jesus

birth, it was translated into Greek (this text was called the Septuagint).  All of the New Testament was written

in Greek.  About 350 years after Jesus death, Jerome, who was a leader in the early church, translated the Bible

into Latin, the language commonly spoken by many people at that time.  Several hundred years later, most

people no longer spoke Latin.  But even so Jerome's translation, called the Vulgate, was the official Bible in the

Western Europe for more than 1000 years.

In the late 1300s, John Wycliffe came to believe that it was important for all Christians to read the Bible in their

own language.  He and his followers were the first to translate the whole Bible into English.  But because the

printing press had not yet been invented, copies were made by hand and very few were available.   About 140

years later, William Tyndale translated the New Testament from Greek to English.  At that time the printing

press was available, so Tyndale's Bible was the first English Bible printed on a press.

In 1611 the best known English Bible, the King James Version, was published.  during the last 100 years many

new English translations of the Bible have been made.  The goal of each new version has been to make a

translation of God's Word that is accurate and easy to understand.  The New International Version of the Bible

finished in 1978, is one of the most important English-Language translations.  The translators carefully studied

the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, so they would know exactly what the writers of the Bible were saying. 

Then they translated the Bible into the style of English we speak today, so we can understand Gods message, 

( res-1f4 )

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December 11, 2018

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