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The Book

The Bible is not just one book, but a collection of 66 books written, through divine inspiration,  by a variety of writers over a period of more than 1000 years. It falls into two main parts which each contain several categories of writing.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and relates God's interaction with mankind, initially with early men of faith and then with the Jewish nation. It contains 39 books classified as:
  • The Law - the 5 books of Moses
  • History - covering the life of the Jewish nation in the land of Palestine
  • Poetry - containg works of prayer, praise, meditation and wisdom
  • Prophecy - telling of God's future actions.
The New Testament was written in Greek and covers the life of Jesus and the development of the early Christian church. It contains 27 books classified as:
  • The Gospels - relating the life of Christ
  • History - covering the development of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles
  • The Letters - containing exhortation and guidance for particular churches or individuals in the early Christian community
  • Prophecy - telling of events to happen during the Christian Era and beyond, in the Revelation.
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