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1 Presented by Marina M. Mathew

2   “Record of the revelation of God to man, through the prophets and Jesus Christ.”  Inspired by the Holy Spirit  Different parts originally written in Hebrew or Greek  66 books together – Not including Apocrypha  39 Old Testament  27 New Testament The Holy Bible – “Biblia”

3  Old and New Testaments  Old Testament  Hebrew  Clay bricks, later leather scrolls  Moses = first writer  New Testament  Greek (except St Matthew)  Papyrus scrolls  Codex: costly manuscripts of papyrus scrolls  St Paul = first writer

4   The Pentateuch Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy  The Historical Books Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther  The Poetical Books Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon  The Prophetical Books Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi Categories of Books of the Old Testament

5   Historical Books 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John & Acts of the Apostles  Instructive Books –Letters of Paul: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews  Universal Letters James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter,1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude  Prophetic Book Revelation Categories of Books of the New Testament

6   Apocrypha = “Hidden ” (Not accepted by Jews)  Deuterocanonical = equally cannon  “cannon” = measuring rod; rules or criteria (ie. Valid)  Accepted by Orthodox and Catholic Churches  Council of Trent  Roman Catholic Church accepted Aprocrypha  7 books  Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, 1&2 Maccabees, Sirach, Baruch. Apocrypha a.k.a Deuterocanonical

7   Many translations  Hebrew—Greek—Syriac—Latin----English  Latin “Vulgate”  Revised edition of Holy Bible by Bishop Jerome  Official Roman Catholic Bible  First complete English Bible = 14 th century  “King James Version” – 1611  King James I of England  Basis of Malayalam Bible today Biblical History

8   Malayalam Bible  Valia Mar Dionysius Metropolitan  4 Gospels published in 1811  CMS missionary Benjamin Baily  Published first complete Biblical translation  Kottayam Biblical History (cont)

9   Prophet Isaiah: The Bible is “the book of the Lord”  Known as “the scriptures”  All scripture is inspired by God  Reaffirms our faith and assures the promises of God  Bible is widespread  French leader Voltaire claimed Bible would not be read for more than a few hundred years Significance of the Bible

10   Compiled work of many writings inspired by the Holy Spirit  Cohesive: message of coming Redeemer  Christ gave Apostles authority to teach and give authority to others  In the Bible, words of Christ and teachings which follow are given authority and validity through this authority  Is considered the ‘living Word of God” Authenticity of the BIble

11   The Bible’s purpose is to reveal the will of God to man  Not everything in the Bible is to be taken literally; the messages of the Bible are more important  There are many examples where Bible has proven to be scientifically accurate  Job 26:7 “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing” - Earth is suspended in space.  Job 25:5 ”Behold even the Moon is not bright” - The moon is not a source of light.  Proverbs 8:27 “He set a compass upon the face of the deep.“ - Indicates earth is round.  Job 28:7 - Vultures seek their prey by keen eyesight not smell. Scientific Accuracy of the Bible

12   Apostles had written and oral traditions, which are entrusted into the Church  Church Traditions do not contradict the Bible  Any custom which does contradict the Bible is discarded  It is given great significance by the Church  The Church is considered custodian or the Bible The Church, the Bible, & Tradition

13  A.Isaiah  Son of the Amos  Known as greatest prophet of Israel.  He gave hope about the redeeming Messiah B.Jeremiah – “the Lamenting prophet”  Wept about the injustice of the people and the persecution he had to face.  Spoke about the new covenant which was fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Author of books Jeremiah and Lamentations. The Prophets

14  C. Amos – “the Prophet of justice”  Spoke with great courage against Kings, priests, lords and rich men.  If people did not give up violence and injustice and turn to the true God, everybody including the King and the slave would be destroyed. D. Hosea – “the Prophet of love and mercy”  Son of Beeri  Gave the assurance that God is always willing to accept if we confess and return to Him The Prophets continued

15   God’s word is ‘planted’ among the people in this world.  World = a field  God’s words = seeds scattered in the field  Types of people = different places where the seed falls  Growth is determined by the type of ‘soil’ ‘seeds’ are scattered in Parable of the Sower

16  Parable of the Sower explanations  There are people who…  Will not produce fruit from the Word of God. They neither hear nor understand it.  Accept the Word upon hearing it, but acceptance is destroyed once the world’s troubles come along  Accept the Word upon hearing (also) but wordly desires distract them and ‘choke’ any desire to follow the Word  Receive and obey the word upon hearing. They accept the Word throughout hardship and bear fruit.

17   Jesus explains why he associates with sinners to the Pharisees in these three parables.  Parable of the lost sheep: The loving shepherd brings the sheep back on his shoulders.  Parable of the lost coin: The owner finds it out.  Parable of the prodigal son: The father is expressing his great love for his lost son who repents and come back. Parables of the Lost and Found

18   “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44  “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46 Moral of the Parables

19   Each of us has God-given talents or abilities  Those talents should be used for the benefit of the Church and His Kingdom  Our talents should be developed, like the men who invested the money they were given to the best of their abilities. Parable of Talents

20  A.Wheat & Weeds  A man sowed good seed  As the good seed grew, weeds sprouted along with them  When the harvest came, he tells the reapers to gather the weeds first and burn them. B.Good & Bad Fish  A net was cast  All the fish gathered are not taken  Only the good ones are taken.  Christ at his second coming will separate good and the evil.  Those who wait for him and died in his faith will inherit the Kingdom Parable of the Wheat and Weeds, Good & Bad Fish

21   St. John 6: 40 “for this is the will of my father, that everyone who sees the son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will rise him up at the last day”  Faithful departed : those who have lived righteously before God (They are the “Great Cloud of Witnesses”)  Faithful departed are with Christ in Paradise  Sheol : Old Testament description of final resting place for departed The Departed Souls

22   The Bible says…  The departed will rise on the last day  They will never eat nor sleep  Do not marry, like the angels  Christ assures us that we will rise with Him if we follow Him Departed Souls (cont)

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