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What is the Bible?

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Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God chronicling the origins of the Earth, animals and mankind. There are 66 total books, with 39 in the Old Testament pre-dating the birth of Christ, and 27 in the New Testament dealing with the birth and life of Jesus Christ and the formation of the church through the ministries of the apostles.

The book of Genesis tells the account of early civilizations, the creation of the nation of Israel and some fascinating accounts of Joseph and his power and position under the pharaoh of Egypt. Next, the book of Exodus tells the story of Moses and the Hebrew exodus from Egypt. The two books of Samuel deal with the life and times of King David and are followed by the two book of Chronicles, denoting his lineage upon the throne of Israel.

The book of Proverbs was written in a cursive text, many of the verses just one-liners of wisdom for right living. The next book is Psalms, much of which was written by King David, and is devoted to praising God and all He has made.

The New Testament begins with the book of Mathew, followed by Mark, Luke and John, and are also known as the Gospel. These four books recount the birth and ministry of Jesus, as told by the four men that knew him best. Christians believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophesies of the coming Messiah and belief in His works grants salvation to all who accept these truths.

The Bible books that follow the Gospel give the story of the apostles, their ministry and the formation of the church called Christianity. The last chapter of the Bible is the book of Revelation, and is regarded as as enigma to most readers. The text is presented in illustrations and metiphore, all depicting the final end-times on planet Earth.

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