About the Holy Bible

WHAT IS THE HOLY BIBLE?

Mostly the bible is written by prophets, kings, disciples of Christ and apostles. It consists of 66 Books separated into two sections. The two are called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament dates before the birth of Jesus Christ (BC) and the New Testament dates after the death of Jesus Christ (AD). In brief, it is an overview of what was, what is and is to come.

“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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16


WHAT IS THE OLD TESTAMENT?

The Old Testament is the first part of Christian Bible, based upon the Hebrew Bible (or Tanakh). The main topics are commonly broken down into four sections. Beginning with creation of mankind, defining Israel's identity: memories of a past marked by hardship and escape, a binding covenant with God, who chooses Israel as His chosen people, and the establishment of the life of the community and the guidelines for sustaining it through the Law and Commandments He established. It teaches Wisdom of living as well as biblical prophets, warning of the consequences of turning away from God and His Law.


WHAT IS NEW TESTAMENT?

The New Testament is the second half of the Christian Bible, written to establish a New Covenant, made by God, through Jesus Christ. The New Testament fulfills what the prophets testified in the Old Testament of Jesus’ coming. The first four books, known as the gospels, give an account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. After the death of Jesus then follow the epistles written by His disciples and apostles to live this New Covenant by grace through faith giving hope to all humanity once and for all. The last book, Revelation, ends with a horrific account of what the world will encounter at the coming of Jesus for all of those who did NOT believe in Him.


HOW DO I BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

Hell is the final destination for those who do not believe in Jesus, “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Mark 25:30.

The bible says, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9


PROOF THE BIBLE IS TRUE

(1) Documentation. Thousands of ancient, hand-copied documents—referred to as “manuscripts”— provide proof of the New Testament and Old Testament’s historical consistency. In fact, there is significantly more documentation for the books of the Bible than there are for other historically recognized authors and literature, such as Plato and The Iliad.


(2) Archeological findings. Excavation sites and artifacts also provide evidence that many of the events, people and places mentioned in the Bible really existed—such as the city Jericho and its famous walls or the Hittites, a people group once thought by skeptics to be a myth.


(3) The life of Jesus. The fact that Jesus was a true, historical person is clearly documented by Jewish manuscripts, even before the Apostle Paul and the writers of Gospels provided their eye-witness accounts. Other ancient cultural documents also reference his existence. For instance, the Roman leader and historian Tacitus wrote:

“Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus …”


(4) Fulfilled prophecies. The Bible contains hundreds, even thousands, of prophecies that have been fulfilled, including detailed descriptions of events that would later happen to the Jewish people and surrounding nations, as well as prophecies about the life and death of Christ.


(5) Redeemed lives. The Bible speaks to the condition of the human soul in a way that has life-changing impact on individuals from all cultures, nations and walks of life. Just to name a few:

-Lewis-C.S. Lewis, a former atheist who became one of the world’s most influential Christian apologists

-John Newton, a slave-ship master who converted to Christianity and later wrote the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace”

-Norma McCorvey, the woman at the heart of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted In nationwide legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade. She now speaks for the right of the preborn to live.


(6) Other Historical Facts:

-Josh McDowell, "There are 16 total historians apart from Scripture that reference Christ," he said. "Almost everything about Christ we can find without ever going to the New Testament."

-McDowell, “there are "66,420 some manuscripts and scrolls" for the Bible.

-McDowell, “Second place goes to Homer's The Illiad, with just 1,827. Most ancient works have far few intact remnants.”

"We do trust Homer. How much more should we trust the New Testament documents?"

-McDowell- 10 to the 17th power = same chance the person could have fulfilled

Just 8 of the Messianic prophesies. There were 333 prophecies and all were

Fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Coincidence???


WHY SHOULD I READ THE BIBLE?

Scripture says... (Coming soon...)


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I READ THE BIBLE?

Everyday. (Continued Coming soon...)

Translations of Bible(s)

Common English Bible  

CEB  

The Common English Bible is a translation of the scriptures intended to be a comfortable reading level for over half of all English readers. It attempts to substitute more traditional biblical terminology with more natural wording.   


English Standard Version  

ESV  

The ESV Bible is a relatively new Bible translation that combines word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and readability.   


GOD'S WORD Translation 

GW

This Bible accurately translates the meaning of the original texts into clear, everyday language. Readable and reliable, GW is living, active, and life-changing.   


Good News Translation  

GNT  

The Good News Translation was first published in 1976 by the American Bible Society in a "common language." The simple, everyday language makes it especially popular for children and those learning English.  


Holman Christian Standard Bible  HCS  

The HCS is a highly readable, accurate translation written in modern English. It is published by Holman Bible Publishers, the oldest Bible publisher in America.   


Jubilee Bible 2000  

JUB 

Translated from the Original Texts in Hebrew and Greek into Spanish by Casiodoro de Reina (1569) and compared with the revision of Cipriano de Valera (1602) Based on the New Testament of Francisco de Enzinas (1543) and on the New Testament (1556) with the Psalms (1557) of Juan Pérez de Pineda This material was translated from Spanish into English by Russell M. Stendal and compared with the Old English Translation of William Tyndale (Pentateuch of 1530, Ploughboy Edition New Testament of 1534, Joshua to 2 Chronicles of 1537, and Jonah). It was also compared word for word with the Authorized Version (by King James) of 1611.   


King James Version  

KJV  

The KJV is the first version of Scripture authorized by the Protestant church and commissioned by England's King James I.   


Lexham English Bible  

LEB  

The LEB complements your primary translation with its transparent design and literal rendering. It helps you see the text of God’s Word from another angle. 


Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible 

RHE 

The Douay-Rheims is the translation upon which nearly all English Catholic Bible versions are based. It includes the seven Deutero-Canonical books (also known as the Apocrypha).   


New American Standard Bible  

NAS  

The NAS is written in a formal style, but is more readable than the King James Version. It is highly respected as the most literal English translation of the Bible.   


New International Version  

NIV  

The NIV offers a balance between a word-for-word and thought-for-thought translation and is considered by many as a highly accurate and smooth-reading version of the Bible in modern English.   


New King James Version  

NKJV  

The NKJ is a modern language update of the original King James Version. It retains much of the traditional interpretation and sentence structure of the KJV.   


New Living Translation  

NLT  

Using modern English, the translators of the NLT focused on producing clarity in the meaning of the text rather than creating a literal, word-for-word equivalence. Their goal was to create a clear, readable translation while remaining faithful to original texts.   


New Revised Standard  

NRS  

The New Revised Standard is a popular translation that follows in the traditions of the King James and Revised Standard Versions. It was written with the goal of preserving the best of the older versions while incorporating modern English.   


Revised Standard Version  

RSV  

The Revised Standard Version is a revision of the King James Version, the Revised Version, and American Standard Version. This text is intended for both private reading and public worship.   


The Message Bible  

MSG  

The Message is a paraphrase from the original languages written by Eugene, H. Peterson. The Message provides a fresh and unique Bible-reading experience.   


Hebrew Names Version  

HNV   


New Century Version  

NCV   


New International Reader's Version  NIRV   


Orthodox Jewish Bible  

OJB   


The Bible in Basic English  

BBE   


The Complete Jewish Bible  

CJB   


Third Millennium Bible  

TMB  


World English Bible  

WEB   


Young's Literal Translation  

YLT  


The Darby Translation  

DBY   


The Latin Vulgate  

VUL   


The Webster Bible  

WBT   


Tyndale 

 TYN   


Wycliffe  

WYC   


SBL Greek New Testament  

SBLGNT   


Weymouth New Testament  

WNT   


Spanish La Biblia de las Américas (Español)  

BLA   


La Biblia del Jubileo 2000  

JBS   


La Biblia Reina-Valera (Español)  

RVR   


Nueva Traducción Viviente  

NTV  


Nueva Versión Internacional  

NVI  


Sagradas Escrituras (1569) (Español)  

SEV  


Portuguese Almeida Atualizada (Portuguese)  

AA   


Nova Versão Internacional  

NVI-PT

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