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I. The Bible ---- The Exam
The Bible contains 66 books and was authored by the Holy Spirit who used more then 40 people to write it. This took place over a span of approximately 1,500 years in three languages on three different continents, yet has one central message through out it. The Old Testament was written for the most part in Hebrew, The New Testament was written in Koine Greek.
The Bible is divided into two main sections, the Old and the New Testaments.
Testament refers to a covenant between God and his people.
The Old Testament can be further divided by the following:
Pentateuch (Law)- 5 books
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Historical Books - 12 books
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings,
First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
Poetic books- 5 books
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Prophetic books- 17 books
Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
Minor Prophets - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
The New Testament can be divided by the following:
The Bible is inspired by God;
2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The central theme of the Bible is God and his love relationship with His creation mankind.
In a nutshell
Mankind's fall into sin.
God's plan of Salvation and restoration for fallen mankind.
God's promise of a Savior, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel )
Jesus Christ the promised Savior (Messiah) is born, dies for man's sin, after three days is resurrected, ascends to heaven and sits at the right hand of God.
For the last 2000 years the church has been added to as people receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. It will all culminate when Christ returns for His church. He will then reign over the whole earth for a 1000 years in righteousness and authority.
Some things concerning God's Word the Bible
1Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.