The Bible has two major sections — The Old Testament and New Testament. The Old Testament was written by Jews before the birth of Jesus, and it is the primary religious text of Judaism, although it is not called “Old Testament” by the Jews. The New Testament was written by Jews and non-Jews after the birth of Jesus, and it is the primary religious text for Christians. Although the Bible was written by approximately 40 men inspired by God, over a period of about 1,500 years, all of the pieces are interconnected like a puzzle and represent the inspired Word of God (2Timothy 3:16-17).
The word “Bible” comes from the Latin word “biblia” which means books. The books of the Holy Bible, including their order and contents, differ slightly between religious groups due to differing opinions about which writings are authoritative as scripture, also known as Biblical Canon1. The Bible is generally laid out as follows:
- Testaments – Old (Before Christ) & New (After Christ)
- Books – 66 Books; 39 Old Testament & 27 New Testament
- Chapters – 1,189 (King James Version)2
- Verses – 30,000+ (King James Version)2
The typical Christian Bible has about 1,500 pages, depending on text and page size, and has more than 30,000 verses or scriptures. The original scriptures were not divided into chapters and verses, but most modern translations do this for easier reference. For example, Genesis 3:1-4 indicates the scripture is from the Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 1-4. The book names are often abbreviated. For example, the book of Matthew may be abbreviated as Matt or Mt. If there is more than one book with the same name, such as Kings, the books are distinguished by numbers before the book name (e.g. 1Kings, 2Kings or I Kings, II Kings).
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Let’s Pray: Thank You Lord for giving us Your Word via the books of the Holy Bible. I pray that we will be as inspired to read Your Word as the writers were to record Your Word.
QUESTION: Has the size of the Bible kept you from reading it? Use the comment form to share your thoughts.Have a Victorious Day! Marianne Clements