What is the Bible?

What is the Bible?

I have read many books in my life, and many of them have had a tremendous impact on me. But none of them compare with this fascinating collection of texts that we call “the Bible.” Many people from all walks of life have found within its pages comfort, peace, and wisdom. From “In the beginning” (Gen 1:1) all the way to the final “Amen” (Rev 22:21), these words testify to the love of God for people. Indeed, it testifies to the crucified and risen Son of God, Jesus himself. It’s my favorite book, to say the least!

In the video below (which I recorded for a preview class I am teaching for Eternity Bible College), I address the question: What is the Bible? That might sound like too simple of a question, but it is worth asking. I believe that if Christians were to reflect more on this question (and its answer) it would amplify their love and appreciation for the Bible itself. In the video, I talk briefly about the Bible’s inspiration and transmission, specifically with respect to interpretation. I also chat a bit about various published translations and how they compare with each other. Finally, I give an introduction to what’s in the Bible—that is to say, what sort of texts appear in the Bible (e.g., poetry, songs, apocalyptic, letters, etc). My discussions are introductory in nature and brief in scope, but for those wanting to dive deeper into a study about the Bible in general, this video (and the series of which it is part) is a good place to begin.

As always, I pray this is an encouragement to you and helpful for your journey with God.

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