The Bible is best understood when each passage is read with careful regard to its relationship to surrounding passages and to the whole book. The Bible is often misinterpreted because portions – sometimes only phrases – are quoted out of context.
This section gives a general overview of the entire Bible. The purpose here is to give a sense of the Bible’s organization and a broad sweep of its narratives.
Later, in other sections, attention will focus on specific Bible statements. But here, the objective is just to provide an overall familiarity with God’s book.
Questions answered in this section:
- Is the Bible one book or many books?
- Was there a special council commissioned to produce the Bible?
- Who are the men who physically wrote it?
- Is there a Protestant Bible and a Catholic Bible? Are all Bibles the same?
- Are modern translations reliable?
- What’s the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament?
- Is it true that the Bible says some preposterous things, like people living 900 years?
- How can an intelligent person believe in the miracles recorded in the Bible?
- Why is there so much killing in the Old Testament?
- What’s ‘the law’ in the Bible? What happens if we don’t obey it?
- Is it best to read the Bible by starting at the beginning and reading to the end?
- Can a layman really understand the Bible without a priest or minister to explain it?
- Does God deal with people in different ways at different times?
- Did Jesus travel and teach over wide areas of the then-known world?