May 5, 2014

The Bible Isn't a Book: 10 Surprising Facts About the Bible

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1. The Bible isn't a book. It is a library with poetry, fiction, history, political commentary, census reports....

2. The Bible has not one but two stories of creation, each making a slightly different point.

3. We can't say, “The Bible says...” but rather “A book of the Bible says...”

4. The Bible spans hundreds of years of human growth and development, from distant pre-history to the Greco-Roman world of Paul.

5. The God of the Old Testament is a God of love not of vengeance, as so many think.

6. We are always reading the Bible in translation, which poses problems, since living words change their meanings with the passage of time.

7. The books of the Bible are not in chronological order but are grouped by types of literature.

8. The Bible, dealing with human beings, has both good and bad people, just as we are.

9. The Bible in the Book of Psalms gives us the lyrics but not the music for Israel's songbook.

10. The Bible is not a book of quotations. It is rather the love story between God and human beings.

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