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