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The Bible is one of the most influential books in human history. It explores big questions, like “Why do we exist?” and “What is the meaning of life?”

Key Points:

  • What is the Bible? The Bible is a collection of books that emerged out of the history of the people of an ancient Middle-Eastern nation called “Israel.”
  • What is the basic outline of the Old Testament? The OT records God’s interactions with the people of Israel and highlights his promise of a chosen “messiah” who would deliver Israel and all the world.
  • What are the OT’s contents? The OT is divided into three main section: law, prophets, and writings.
  • Other Jewish writings. The writings that would later be assembled into the Tanakh/OT were not the only Jewish religious writings. Other books written by Jews were important religious texts that rabbis and scholars debated.
  • Jesus Christ and the New Testament. Jesus Christ is the promised “messiah” of the OT. The NT highlights his teachings and narrates his death, burial, and resurrection. It then provides us the history of the early Church and shows us early Christian beliefs.
  • Christian views of the apocryphal and Jewish writings.Christians knew about the Apocryphal writings that had been composed after Jewish return to Jerusalem. Different groups within the Christian church had different views about some of these books.
  • The canon of scripture today. The three main Christian groups (Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants) have slightly different scriptural canons, mostly due to historical circumstances.

Quote This:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…

See Also: Bible Interpretation, Investigating Faith, Theology

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Have you ever been confused by something you read in the Bible or heard someone talking about from the Bible? Explain.
  3. How would you explain the role of Jesus in the basic story of the Bible?
  4. Why do you think we should or should not trust the Bible as an accurate account of God’s truth to us?
  5. What are some of the “big questions” about life the Bible has given you guidance in or caused you to reconsider? Explain.
  6. Read Deuteronomy 4:20. Throughout the Bible, God instructs his people to “write down” and “remember” the things he has done. Both in the Bible and your life, what are some things you remember God has done?
  7. Why is it important to “remember” what God has done in the Bible and in our lives?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.