As followers of Christ, we know the Bible to be true. We study, believe, and do as it says, to the best that we can.
But where does the Bible originate from? What are we truly believing?
We must remember that the original Bible text was not written in our English language.
The original Bible text is written in Hebrew and Greek, with some Aramaic.
Over 1,600 years ago, the sixty-six books that complete the Bible, were written by more than forty kings, prophets, leaders, and followers of Christ.
The word Bible comes from the Greek word ‘Biblion’, which means ‘book’. It is the Ultimate Book, Yahweh’s Word.
The 39 books of the Old Testament make up the three parts: The law, the Prophets, and the Psalms.
“Christ said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” ~Luke 24:44
The law consists of the first five book of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. The law is called ‘The Torah‘ in the original Hebrew, meaning ‘to guide’ or ‘to teach’.
The New Testament has 37 books.
The books of the Bible were arranged by many Yahweh inspired people.
Careful guidelines were used to determine which books should be included. These guidelines were called the ‘Canon’, which is a Greek word meaning ‘rule’ or ‘measuring stick.’
1. Was the book written by a prophet of Yahweh?
2. Was the writer confirmed by acts of Yahweh?
3. Does the message tell the truth about Yahweh?
4. Did it come with the power of Yahweh?
5. Was it accepted by Yahweh’s people?
The New Testament consists of the four gospels, letters written by apostles, and the prophetic book of Revelation.
From beginning to end, the Bible was written and put together by those called and directed by Yahweh to do so. It is the inspired Word of Yahweh.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient artifacts, prove the reliability of the Scriptures.
Thankfully, people all over the world are able to read the Holy Bible in their own language. Sadly, some with great persecution.
But, as we study our English Bibles, we must remember that the original Bible text means a lot more than our English language can express.
The use of a concordance and interlinear Bible are great study aids. Maybe even consider learning Hebrew and Greek yourself. It is not any more difficult then learning another language. It just takes some determination and a desire to study the original Bible text.
I encourage you to study and seek out the truth of Yahweh every day.
Praise Yahweh for giving us His inspired Holy Word!!! Praise Him for His great love and grace!!!