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THE BIBLE-WHAT IS IT'S MESSAGE?

 

Why Examine the Bible?

Are you familiar with the Bible? This unique work is by far the most widely distributed book in history. People of all cultures have found its message to be a source of comfort and hope and its advice to be practical for daily living. Yet, many today know little about the Bible. Whether you are religious or not, perhaps you are curious about it. This brochure is designed to give you an overview of the Bible.

BEFORE you pick up a Bible and start reading, it is helpful to know a few things about how this book is arranged. Also known as the Holy Scriptures, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, or sections, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, or Apocalypse.

Who is the Bible’s author? That is an intriguing question. The fact is, the Scriptures were penned by some 40 men over a span of about 1,600 years. Remarkably, those men did not claim to be the authors of the Bible. One of the penmen wrote: “All Scripture is inspired of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16) Another of the writers said: “The spirit of Jehovah it was that spoke by me, and his word was upon my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:2) The writers thus claimed that Jehovah God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe, is the Bible’s Author. God, the writers reveal, wants to be close to humans.

There is something else that is essential to understanding the Bible. The Scriptures have one overall theme: the vindication of God’s right to rule humankind by means of his heavenly Kingdom. On the pages that follow, you will see how this theme is a common thread running from Genesis to Revelation.

With the foregoing in mind, consider now the message found in the world’s most popular book, the Bible.

HELPFUL FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE

  • It was written over a period of 1,610 years, from 1513 B.C.E. to 98 C.E. *

  • The first 39 books—written mostly in Hebrew, with some parts in Aramaic—are known as the Hebrew Scriptures, or “Old Testament.”

  • The last 27 books—written in Greek—are known as the Christian Greek Scriptures, or “New Testament.”

  • The Bible is divided into chapters and verses. For example, Matthew 6:9, 10 refers to the 6th chapter of the book of Matthew, verses 9 and 10.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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1  The Creator Gives Man a Paradise 4
2 Paradise Lost 5
3 Mankind Survives the Flood 6
4 God Makes a Covenant With Abraham 7
5 God Blesses Abraham and His Family 8
6 Job Keeps His Integrity 9
7 God Delivers the Sons of Israel 10
8 The People of Israel Enter Canaan 11
9 The Israelites Ask for a King 12
10 Solomon Rules Wisely 13
11 Inspired Songs That Comfort and Teach 14
12 Divine Wisdom for Life 15
13 Good Kings and Bad Kings 16
14 God Speaks Through His Prophets 17
15 A Prophet in Exile Receives Glimpses of the Future 18
16 The Messiah Arrives 19
17 Jesus Teaches About God’s Kingdom 20
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Jesus Performs Miracles

21
19 Jesus Gives a Far-Reaching Prophecy 22
20 Jesus Christ Is Put to Death 23
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Jesus Is Alive!

24
22 The Apostles Preach Fearlessly 25
23

The Good News Spreads

26
24

Paul Writes to the Congregations

27
25

Counsel on Faith, Conduct, and Love

29
26 Paradise Regained! 30

The Bible’s Message—An Overview

How did Jehovah progressively reveal that Jesus would be the Messiah, the one who would restore paradise to the earth?

Time Line of the Bible

 

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WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA

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2012 Printing

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the modern-language New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures—With References

 

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