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It is called, “the book of Books,” the book that exceeds all others and contains more than all others combined (Daniel-Rops, 1958).
According to Christian orthodoxy, the bible is the trustworthy written testimony to Jesus Christ (Ash, 2005).
Hebrews 1 says, God spoke in many and various ways.
Bible: Unique from all other ancient and contemporary books?
It was written over a 1600-year span, during 60 generations, and by more than 40 authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, and others.
The Bible has been read by more people and published in more languages than any other book.
The Bible was the first book translated. (Septuagint, Greek Translation, 250 B.C)
The Bible has withstood vicious attacks by its enemies as no other book has.
Bible: Occupies an important place in our hearts?
Mirrors people’s lives and fits their mood of the moment
The Bible contains 24 books in the Old Testament, while in the New Testament, there are 4 narratives of Jesus’ life (Gospels), a theological account of the early church (acts), 21 letters, and an apocalypse (Harris, 1981).
May be formal or informal long letter, but all bear the mark of apostolic authority
Purpose of the Bible (Stott, 2003) The purpose of the Bible is to reveal Christ and his salvation (John 1:1, Acts 2:38). SALVATION is far more than merely the forgiveness of sins including the whole sweep of God’s purpose to redeem and restore humankind and all creation.
Bible: Controversial until now ? There are boundless views, perceptions, interpretations, and translations of the Bible from different people with different religions, beliefs, and backgrounds. (Judd, 2002)