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.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
This chapter introduces the Bible which is the written Word of the one true God. The word "Bible" means "the books." The Bible is one volume which consists of 66 separate books.
The word "Scripture" is also used to refer to God's Word. This word comes from a Latin word which means "writing." When the word "Scripture" is used with a capital "S" it means the sacred writings of the one true God. The word "Bible" is not used in the Bible. It is a word selected by men as a title for all of God's Words.