“Behind and beneath the Bible, above and beyond the Bible, is the God of the Bible.
The Bible is God’s written revelation of His will to men.
Its central theme is salvation through Jesus Christ.
The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 authors, covering a period of approximately 1600 years.
The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew (a few short passages in Aramaic). About 100 years before the Christian Era the entire Old Testament was translated into Greek.
The New Testament was written in the Greek language.
The word ‘Bible’ comes from the Greek word “biblos.”
The word ‘testament’ means ‘covenant,” or agreement. The Old Testament is the covenant God made with man about his salvation before Christ came. The New Testament is the agreement God made with man about his salvation after Christ came.
- The Old commences what the New completes
- The Old gathers around Sinai
- The New [gathers] around Calvary
- The Old is associated with Moses
- The New [is associated] with Christ
The authors were kings and princes, poets and philosophers, prophets and statesmen. Some were learned in all arts of the times and others were unschooled fishermen. Other books soon are out of date but this Book spans the centuries.
Old Testament Books:
Five books of law 12 books of history
5 books of poetry 17 books of prophecy
New Testament Books:
4 gospel accounts 1 book of history
1 book of prophecy 21 letters (epistles)
- The Old Testament begins with God
- The New Testament begins with Christ
- From Adam to Abraham we have the history of the human race.
- From Abraham to Christ we have the history of the chosen race.
- From Christ on we have the history of the Church.”
– Henrietta Mears What the Bible is all About ISBN: 0-8307-0473-6