Introducing the Bible
The Bible is the core book of real Christianity (the foundation of understanding)
The Bible is the record of significant interactions between God and mankind
General layout of the Bible – Book of Books Book/chapter/verse
Old Testament: written well before Jesus: c 1400 – 420 BC - Law, History, Prophets, Writings.
New Testament: written shorty after Jesus: 48 – 70 AD - Gospels, Acts, Letters, Revelation.
2. How the Bible was written
2 Pet 1:16- eyewitnesses of events (great emphasis on eyewitnesses in the Bible, especially in NT)
: 20, 21 – inspired by the Holy Spirit (driven?)
2 Tim 3:14-17 – the Bible says it comes directly from God. This has the authority of the Apostle Paul behind it!
Every word of the Bible was written by a prophet inspired by God.
No other book can make this claim!
3. Kinds of evidence
Archaeology eg Pool of Bethesda, Taylor prism
Undesigned coincidences eg Jos 5:10 Passover; Jos 2:6 flax
Unity of message more than 40 writers, different places and professions, 14+ centuries, 3 languages
Prediction of future events Mk 13:1 Mk 13:3 / Lk 21:6 Lk 21:24
The witness of Jesus Christ Lk 16:31 (Jn 5:46,47 Jn 10;35)
(Jn 4:5,24 / Jos 24:1, 14, 26–27)
4. The Bible interprets itself
The Bible provides its own context (Bible stories)
No other books are needed to understand it
One part of the Bible explains another (Bible echoes – eg Jn 4 / Jos 24)
The Bible is a message, given by God, as the basis for understanding Him.
Its value is established by external and internal evidence.