ORIGIN OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is the written Word of God. He inspired the words in the Bible and used approximately 40 different men to write down His words. These men wrote over a period of 1500 years. The perfect agreement of these writers is one proof that they were all guided by a single author. That author was God.
Some of the writers wrote down exactly what God said:
Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel . . . (Jeremiah 36:2)
Other writers wrote what they experienced or what God revealed concerning the future:
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. (Revelation 1:19)
All of the writers wrote under God's inspiration the words of His message for us.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
INTRODUCING THE BIBLE
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
-Write the Key Verse from memory.
-Define the word "Bible."
-Define the word "Scripture."
-Explain the origin of the Bible.
-Identify the major purposes of the Bible.
-Identify the Old and New Testaments as the two major divisions of the Bible.
-Name the four divisions of Old Testament books.
-Name the four divisions of New Testament books.
-Explain what is meant by the "unity and diversity" of the Bible.
-Identify the person upon whom the revelation of both testaments center.