The Bible is a story — the truest, most important story ever told. The Bible tells one essential story of the creation, the fall, the election of Israel, the promise of a coming Savior, the birth of Jesus, his supernatural ministry, his redeeming death, his victorious resurrection, his establishing of God’s kingdom, and his glorious return. The Bible relates how humanity came into being, fell into destruction, and was redeemed by Jesus.
Christianity is based upon the Bible. The Bible is the source of the Christian religion and contains what Christians believe about God, Jesus, salvation, and the Christian life. A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ and believes that the Bible is inspired from God.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work,” (2 Tim. 3:16).
The Bible was written by about forty different authors. A long time ago, God motivated some 40 men over a span of about 15 centuries to write the Bible. God guided them with what to say.
The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses. He wrote these books for the people of Israel on their way to Canaan, the Promised Land. None of these accounts was written by eyewitnesses of the events that were recorded, rather, they were written by Moses under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Old Testament is the history of a particular people (the Israelites), how God called them and used them to bring blessing to all people. The main storyline of the Old Testament develops over the course of 11 time periods.
4.Exodus from Egypt
6.Conquest of Promised Land
7.Era of Judges
8.Era of Kings
9.Divided Kingdom and Prophets
10.Exile to Babylon
The New Testament is made up of 27 books, covering a time span of only 60 to 70 years. These books tell the stories of Jesus’ life and the establishment of the Christian church. The New Testament deals with Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, the beginning of the Christian church, and instruction about how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God many be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16,17.
The Bible was written in times and cultures very different from our own. Depending on what part of the Bible you are studying, there is between 3400 and 1900 years between when the Bible was written and us today.