2Tim 3:14-17 (KJV)
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The Holy Bible, God’s word revealed to man, is made up of 66 books. These books were penned by approx. 35 authors. The Bible covers over 6000 years of history through the use of both historical accounts and prophetic writings.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Bible, it can be a very confusing, intimidating book. In many cases, an attempt at studying and becoming familiar with the Word can be a very frustrating experience. In our 4-part blog series, we will be looking at some basic information about the Bible. Hopefully, through this study we will be laying a basic foundation of Bible knowledge. In doing so, our hope is that the Bible will become more easily understood and less intimidating.
If there is one key to coming to a better understanding of God’s Word, it is a consistent, daily quiet time of Bible reading. The more we read the Bible the more we become familiar with it. With this familiarity, comes which leads to less intimidation and an easier, more complete understanding of His Word.
Our series will consist of 4 parts:
- The Order and Divisions of the Bible
- The Author and Writers of the Bible
- The Time Line of the Bible
- The Theme of the Bible
A downloadable spreadsheet containing all the series information can be found at the following link… two versions are available BibleSurvey – Excel or BibleSurvey – PDF. Please feel free to save it to you hard drive or print it out to use during your Bible Study times.
The author of the Bible is God. He used approximately 34 men to pen the 66 books that make up the entire Bible. Here is a short summary of each of the writers that God used:
- Amos – (Burden Bearer) A Herdsman
- Daniel – (God Is My Judge) A gifted Jewish boy trained to be a counselor by the Babylonian Kingdom
- David – (Beloved) A shepherd, servant of King Saul and chosen by God to be the 2nd King of the unified nation of Israel
- Many of the Psalms (3-9, 11-32, 34- 41, 51-66, 68-70, 86, 101, 103, 108-110, 122, 124, 131, 138-145) Perhaps others as well.
- Ezekiel – (God Strengthens) Jewish priest exiled to Babylon
- Ezra – (Help) Jewish Priest who led the effort to rebuild the temple
- Ezra, perhaps 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles
- Habakkuk – (Embrace) Described only as “Habakkuk the prophet”
- Haggai – (Festival) Jewish Prophet
- Hosea – (God Is Our Aid) – Prophet of God who married an unfaithful wife but accepted her back. This pictured God’s relationship with the unfaithful nation of Israel
- Isaiah – (Jehovah Saves) – Descendent of Jewish nobility. Prophet of God.
- James – (He Who Takes the Place of Another) Probably was the brother of Christ. Pastor of church at Jerusalem.
- Jeremiah – (Who Jehovah Hurls) – Jewish Priest called by God to prophesy of coming doom to Judah
- Jeremiah, Lamentations, perhaps 1 Kings and 2 Kings
- Joel – (Jehovah is God) – He was a prophet of God with very little information about his background.
- Apostle John – (favored or friend of Jehovah) Fisherman, brother of Apostle James, one of the Apostles
- Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Revelation
- John Mark – (favored or friend of Jehovah) (warring defender) John was his Jewish name, Mark was his Roman name.
- Jonah – (dove) Prophet of God called to minister to Ninevah, capital city of Israel arch-rival Assyria
- Joshua – (Jehovah is salvation) Hebrew form of Jesus. Servant of Moses, and a Captain of the army of Israel
- Jude – (celebrated, praised) Greek form of Hebrew name Judah. He wasprobably the brother of Jesus.
- Luke – (Man from Lucania) He was a physician, who was a helper to Paul.
- Luke, Acts, maybe Hebrews
- Malachi – (my messenger) Prophet of Jehovah to Judah during restoration of temple and walls
- Matthew – (gift of Jehovah) also known as Levi (attached). He was a tax collector before being called of God to be an Apostle.
- Micah – (Who is like Jehovah) – Prophet of Jehovah to Judah.
- Mordecai – (Little man) – employee of Persian King, played key role in saving king from assassination
- Moses – (drawn out) – Israelite raised by Pharoah’s daughter forsook Egypt royal family to be used of God to deliver Jews from Egyptian bondage and lead them back to promised land.
- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Job
- Nahum – (comfort, compassion) – The prophet of God ministering to Assyria
- Nehemiah – (comforted by God) – he was cupbearer for King of Persia, Artaxerxes. Through his close position to King he was able to get King’s permission to rebuild walls of Jerusalem.
- Obadiah – (servant of Jehovah) – Prophet of God ministering to Edom
- Paul, Saul – (little, asked) – Prior to his salvation he was a Pharisee and persecutor of Christians. Following salvation He became the first missionary to the Gentiles and author of several Bible books.
- Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, probably Hebrews
- Peter, Simon – (small rock or stone, hearing) originally known as Simon, later Christ gave him the name Peter. He was a fisherman who later became an apostle and one of those who ministered to the Jews.
- 1 Peter, 2 Peter
- Samuel – (named of God or asked of God) – He was born miraculously to a barren woman. He was one of the last judges over Israel. He anointed Saul and David to be kings over Israel.
- Judges, Ruth, probably 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel
- Solomon – (Loved of Jehovah) Son of David and 3rd King over nation of Israel
- Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, most of Proverbs
- Zechariah – (Jehovah is remembered, Jehovah is renown) – Zechariah was a Priest and a Prophet of God. He concentrated on finishing the temple rebuilding at Jerusalem.
- Zephaniah – (Jehovah hath treasured or hidden) – Prophet during the times of Isaiah to the nation of Judah
In our next blog entry we will be looking at the different time frames that are recorded in God’s Word.
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