Understanding The Bible

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

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Last week we covered a method of studying the bible using the acronym SOAP, which stands for scripture, observation, application, & prayer. With that foundation in mind, lets now focus on what we'll be studying: the Holy Bible.

The English word bible is ultimately derived from the Greek term biblia, meaning books. Biblia is the plural form of biblion, which denotes any written document, but originally one inscribed on papyrus. Our word Bible eventually came to be used for the collection of 66 Old and New Testament books recognized by Christians as the canon of Scripture.

Sixty-six different books comprise the Bible. They include books of law, historical books, books of poetry, books of prophecy, biographies, and epistles.

The Greek phrase ta biblia to hagia meant the holy books. The first Christian use of the term ta biblia, or the books, to designate the Holy Scriptures is believed to be in 2 Clement 2:14, written around AD 150: “The books and the apostles plainly declare that the Church hath been from the beginning.” In Latin, the Greek phrase became biblia sacra. In Old French, the word biblia became bible. Old English already had a word for the Scriptures, biblioðece, taken from the Latin word for “library.” But the shorter Old French word bible replaced it in the early fourteenth century. The concept of a collection of holy writings developed early in both Jewish and Christian thought. In the sixth century BC, the prophet Daniel referred to the prophetic writings as the books (Daniel 9:2). Synonymous terms for Bible include the writings, Scripture, Holy Scriptures, and Holy Writ, which means sacred writings. In the early Jewish historical writing of 1 Maccabees, the author refers to the Old Testament as the holy books (12:9). Jesus made reference to the books of the Old Testament as the Scriptures in Matthew 21:42, and the apostle Paul called them the Holy Scriptures in Romans 1:2. In summary, the Bible is the Word of God; it is God’s book written to humankind. The Bible is God’s guidebook for how to live our lives: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been