One of the oldest books in the world is the Bible, it tells the story of each and every one of the works made by God, it goes from the Old Testament to the New Testament and in turn each of them are broken down into books.
The structure of the Bible is really simple and it is a book that has been preserved because of the importance of its content. This book has a high sales demand and it has been translated into at least 2,454 languages.
In this opportunity, we will be talking about everything that this book has to offer.
What is the bible?
The bible is a sacred book, in which you can see a series of religious texts, which relate the life and work of the prophet, Jesus of Nazareth.
These stories are full of teachings and of course, a lot of prayers and miracles performed by the savior.
Where does the name of the bible come from?
The name of the bible comes directly from the Greek phrase “tà biblía tà hágia” which means, “the holy books” this term was commonly used, then over the years, it was used by Christians.
How should the Bible be interpreted?
The interpretation of the Bible is something really amazing, since it is a book that can be seen from different angles.
The complexity of the Bible is such that it has been the cause of so many religions, since each one of them has a totally different interpretation.
A clear example of this is the difference between Catholicism and Judaism, on the one hand, Catholics consider that both the Old and New Testaments are valid. On the other hand, Jews only take into account the Old Testament.
What is the origin of the Bible?
Being a compendium of books, it cannot be said that the Bible originates from a single region or era, on the contrary, it was written over a period of 1000 years.
It has a total of 66 books, some older than others, but all important.
What is the content of the Old Testament?
In the Old Testament, we can see everything related to the Israelite people, from their traditions to the major prophets that existed at that time.
All this takes place before the coming of Jesus of Nazareth.
What is the content of the New Testament?
This new testament narrates the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth, he is presented as the savior and where you can read each and every one of the miracles performed.
How many bibles are there?
At present, there are a total of 3 bibles, which are:
Its name comes from the Latin term versio vulgata meaning the popular, widespread version. It was written by St. Jerome at the request of Pope Damasus I, this bible was intended to unify all existing bibles.
Previously, different versions of the same facts were presented and it was almost taken as a separate bible, that is why it was unified and left in the common of the Roman Empire.
This was the translation generated by Casiodoro de Reina and Cipriano de Valera. Once it was written, with the passing of time it underwent a revision, in which deuterocanonical books were eliminated.
This is the translation from Hebrew and Aramaic into Koine Greek.
What is the importance of the Bible?
To close, we must talk about the importance of this book for each and every person on this planet, since it reflects the origin of the universe, who we are and where we are going.
This book has been in existence for almost 3000 years, and has become one of the most important books in the world.
It has a version in each and every one of the existing languages, due to the need for this word in each of the regions of the world.
Nowadays, we can find a lot of ways to have the bible in our hands, and one of them is the digital capability.
This is really good, since you can have the word of God in your hands whenever you want.
Old Testament Books
The Old Testament is a part of God’s revelation given to people, which is found in the Bible. It is made up of 39 books, and is in charge of narrating events that bring light about God, and how it was his relationship with the people of the time.
It was written between 1400 and 430 B.C., by a large number of authors, most of whom did not know each other, however, its text has perfect harmony and relationship from beginning to end.
In the Old Testament we are shown a clear explanation about humanity, how it was created by God, being its first representatives Adam and Eve, how they were placed in the Garden of Eden, and how they fell into disgrace after having disobeyed God’s commandment.
We are also told about the creation of the world and its process, of the animals, the sky, the stars, etc. All this can be read in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament.
Besides that, it relates the lives of men like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, King David, Job, Samson, characters that existed in the nation of Israel, and have an important role in the history of humanity, so much so, that in our days their lives or parts of it have been staged in movies, plays, and much more.
It should be noted that the Old Testament is a sacred book, and is held as such in the Jewish religion as well as in the Christian religion, where the Jews being its main recipients have made divisions that facilitate its study. These are: The Pentateuch, the historical books, the sapiential books, the major prophets, and the minor prophets.
New Testament Books
The New Testament is the second part of the revelation of God that we find in the Bible, beginning with the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is told in the book of Matthew, and culminating with the consummation of God’s plan for humanity. It is made up of 27 books that were written mostly by the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, in a period between the years 50 and 100 AD.
It narrates the events of the life, ministry, death and crucifixion of Jesus at the hands of the Jews and Romans, but has its climax in the resurrection of the Lord three days after being buried, and then ascending to heaven. Also shown on the scene is the character of the Apostle Paul, and how God used him to spread the gospel beyond the boundaries of Israel, specifically to all nations.
It is divided into five sections, which are: The Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Epistles or letters of Paul, the Catholic Epistles and finally Revelation.
The New Testament is a sacred book, and is part of the canon of the Christian religion, and together with the Old Testament forms the Bible, God’s revelation to humanity.
It should be noted that only in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles are miracles shown as signs of God, while the other books that compose it speak more of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, of the development and fulfillment of God’s promises to his people and of the hope of a new life when the Lord Jesus Christ returns for the second time.
The term Apocrypha comes from the Greek, and means obscure or hidden. In this sense the Apocryphal books have a questionable origin within religions, specifically the Christian religion, since they are not considered as inspired by God, to be added to the canon of scripture.
The apocryphal books were written in periods of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, however, the most relevant or known were written after the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, even after the death of the apostles.
The Apocryphal Books of the Old Testament are the following: 1 and 2 Esdras, Tobit, Judith, Additions to Esther, the wisdom of Solomon, Book of Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Additions to Daniel (the Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Holy Children, Susanna and Bel and the Dragon), the Prayer of Manasseh, 1 and 2 Maccabees.
While in the New Testament the quantity is much more vast, therefore, we will only name some of them. The best known are: The Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Marcion, the Gospel of Mary, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Epistle to the Laodiceans, the seven Epistles of Ignatius, the Apocalypse of Peter and the Apocalypse of Paul.
It should be noted that several of these books were a point of discussion at certain moments in history, where some of them were included as part of the canon of Roman Catholicism; hence the difference in the number of books of the Catholic bible in relation to the Christian bible.
Finally, the content of the apocrypha is often full of mysticism, contradictions with other teachings of the scriptures, and also presents themes that have nothing to do with the history presented in the scriptures.
And well, here ends our collection with all the books of the Bible, we hope you liked it and that you already have your next book!
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