10 Things You May Not Have Known About the Bible
by Stephen Bedard
The Bible is the most influential book in western culture. Even in this post-Christian era, we are surrounded by the influence of the Bible.
The Bible was crucial for me in my own faith journey. I read the Bible cover to cover a number of times (and once in alphabetic order) before making a personal faith commitment.
I have been studying the Bible for many years, both formally and informally. I teach the Bible in both a congregational and a Bible college setting. My goal is not to make instant Bible scholars but rather to just move the student a bit farther down the knowledge continuum.
As a result, I decided that I would share ten things that you may or may not have known about the Bible. If you just learn one thing from this post, I will be happy.
- The order of books in the Hebrew Bible is not the same as the order in the Christian Old Testament (the last book for the Jews is 2 Chronicles and the last book for Christians is Malachi).
- The final decision of the rabbis of what books would be in the third part of the canon (the Writings) may not have been made until after the death and resurrection of Jesus…
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