5 What Do We Know About The Forty Writers of the Bible? They Were:ShepherdsKingsFishermenPeasantsDoctorsTax-collectorsThey Were From:RomeJerusalemBabylon (Iraq)Persia (Iran)GreeceTurkey
6 The writing took place over a period of about 1500 years. The dates were from 1400 B.C. to 96 A.D.
7 For example, a man once asked Jesus… The 66 books of the Biblecontain over 10,000 events.Since there are so many events recorded in the Bible, it is easier to read them one at a time.For example, a man once asked Jesus…“Whom should we love?”
8 Wide Variety Of Stories The Bible Contains AWide Variety Of StoriesBrave Stories – Like David And GoliathAdventure Stories – Like Jonah And The WhaleInteresting Stories of People – Like ZacchaeusStories Of Miracles– Like Jesus Feeding 5000 MenHappy Stories – Like the prodigal son
9 A Quick Summary 66 books 40 different writers Almost 1500 Years Over 10,000 eventsOne StoryUnity of ThemeNo contradictions40 writers in 15 centuries, yet it claims only one author“Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Spirit of God” (2 Peter 1:21)
10 The Bible Is A Special Book Because It Tells Us About God! That alone makes it the only book of its kind in the entire world because it is from the Almighty!
11 The Bible Is In Two Parts The Old Testament tells us about the lives of people before Jesus was born.The New Testament tells us about the life of Jesus and the effect of His work.
12 Of the 66 books, 39 were written before the birth of Jesus. These 39 books are called the Old Testament.
13 Of the 66 books, 27 were written soon after the death of Jesus. These 27 books are called the New Testament.
14 The Old Testament = 39 books All were written before Jesus cameThe dates were B.C.“Testament” is like a contract; it means “covenant or agreement”The Old Covenant is an agreement that God made with the nation of IsraelThe Old Testament was written in Hebrew – the language of Israel
15 The New Testament = 27 books All were written after Jesus’ deathThe dates were A.D.“Testament” is like a contract; it means “covenant or agreement”The New Covenant is an agreement that God made for All NationsThe New Testament was written in Greek – the common language of that day
16 This Was The Land Of The Israelites To Whom The Old Testament Was Given.
17 To help us understand the area in which these people lived, let us note the same area on a modern day map, with modern countries marked.
18 Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible: 1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible:GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy
19 They are sometimes called the Law of Moses 1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012A.D.They are sometimes called the Law of Moses
20 Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.CreationThe first five books look from the death of Moses all the way back to the beginning of the world.
21 The first book is called Genesis. MosesCreation of world2500 B.C.1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.The first book is called Genesis.Chapters 1-11 deal with:The creation of the worldThe first human familyThe spread of evilA world-wide floodThe division of mankind into nations and languages
22 God choosing the fathers of the future nation of Israel Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.Chapters deal with:God choosing the fathers of the future nation of IsraelA history of four generationsA growth from 1 couple to 70 people
23 Books 2-5 are also from Moses. 1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.Books 2-5 are also from Moses.ExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyThese tell about the beginning of the nationAnd how God gave them His laws
24 Books 6-17 are books of history. Moses30 A.D.2012 A.D.1400 B.C.400 B.C.Books 6-17 are books of history.These were written by various authorsThe dates were 1400 – 400 B.C.The books deal with the possession of their land, the establishment of the kingdom, their captivity and the return to their land
25 Books 18-22 are books of poetry and wisdom. Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.Books are books of poetry and wisdom.Job is about man’s question about sufferingPsalms is a collection of poems put to musicProverbs is a collection of short wise sayingsEcclesiastes tells how to live life in a world where all is vanitySong of Solomon is a poem about true romantic love
26 Books 23-39 are books of prophecy. Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.Books are books of prophecy.Throughout the history of Israel, various prophets predicted that someone from Israel will one day be a Savior and King of the world.
27 The Story Of The Old Testament wasSomeone Is Coming
28 The Message Of The Prophets Of The Old Testament Was The CHRIST Is ComingMoses1400 B.C.400 B.C.2012 A.D.
29 Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.The New TestamentAll 27 books were written shortly after the death of Jesus.The first four tell an independent account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
30 The New Testament The First Four Books Called the four gospels (gospel is a Greek word for “good news”)Named after the authors – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Three were eyewitnesses and Luke knew many of the eyewitnesses.Jesus lived & died in 30 A.D.All 27 New Testament books were written while eyewitnesses were still alive
31 Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.The GospelsThese books give evidence that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed of God), the one predicted in the Old Testament times.Shows how prophecy was fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus
32 The Message Of The Gospels Was Someone Has ComeMoses1400 B.C.400 B.C.2012 A.D.
33 The Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) Tell the purpose of Jesus’ comingReveal His perfect life and serviceGives the true source of His teachingGives evidence that He is the Son of God and deserves our worshipHelps us understand why His own nation killed Him
34 The Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) Do not contain everything that Jesus did.(John 20:30-31) “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (NIV)(John 21:25) “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (NIV)
35 The 5th N.T. book is called Acts – a book of history. Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.The 5th N.T. book is called Acts – a book of history.It was written by a Greek doctor named Luke. It tells the story of the first 30 years of Christianity.
36 N.T. books 6-26 were called epistles or letters. Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.N.T. books 6-26 were called epistles or letters.These were written by apostles and prophets.These were written to various churches and individuals.They give instruction in Christian living, an explanation of the organization and work of the Lord’s church.
37 N.T. book 27 is a book of prophecy. Moses1400 B.C.30 A.D.2012 A.D.N.T. book 27 is a book of prophecy.It is called Revelation.It was written by John, the author of the gospel of John and 1, 2 & 3 John.It offers encouragement to Christians in their time of persecution and shows that good will eventually win over evil.It tells of our future home with God in heaven.
38 The Story Of The New Testament Ends With He Will Come Again
39 SummaryThe Old Testament emphasizes the history of one nation – Israel.This nation is emphasized because it was one man from that nation, that would one day change the world.The coming of Jesus Christ is the central event in all of human history.How did the writers of the Bible know to record the history of His ancestors?
40 Jesus Christ is more than a historical figure The Evidence presented in the Bible proves that …HE LIVES!