Introduction to the Bible

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Introduction to the Bible

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Bible’? Perhaps you think of a huge, heavy book found at the front of a church. Perhaps you think about what is found in it – lists of ‘do’s and ‘do not’s, like in the Ten Commandments, or stories: Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve, or the stories Jesus told, like the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Bible is the biggest selling book in the world and has influenced life for billions of people throughout history. Many countries, including our own, have created societies based on the rules, wisdom and values found in it. Phrases found in the Bible, such as ‘turn the other cheek’ or ‘go the extra mile’, are part of our everyday language and its stories have inspired many of our greatest works of art.
The Bible is incredibly special to Christians today. For them it is more than just a book. It is a sacred text: God’s words spoken to many different people over thousands of years to help them know more about who He is and His plans for the people of the world. The last entries to the Bible may have been written nearly 2000 years ago, but for Christians it is just as meaningful today as it was when it was first written. Many read a little part of it every day. The Bible shapes what they believe about God, themselves and how they should live and the words found in the Bible comfort, encourage and inspire millions of people across the world today.

In this section you will find articles explaining how the Bible is structured and what’s in it, as well as stories from Christians sharing how they use it and the difference it makes in their day to day lives.

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Introduction to the Bible Articles

Brother Loarne and the Bible

What does a Catholic Friar have to say about the Bible?

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Brother Loarne and the Bible

What does a Catholic Friar have to say about the Bible?

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Brother Loarne is a Catholic Friar and in these two films he talks about the Catholic Bible and also what he believes about the Bible. Brother Loarne also sets a challenge to find out about the story of Tobit. Click here to read the story […]

Using the Bible

How can an ancient text be relevant today?

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Using the Bible

How can an ancient text be relevant today?

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Christians believe that the Bible was inspired by God. This means that they believe that God was speaking to the people who wrote each book, and so each book has something special that it can say to its readers. Christians read it together in church, […]

Bible Quiz

How much do you actually know?

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Bible Quiz

How much do you actually know?

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How many books are there in the Bible? Is there a manga Bible? Which single author wrote the most books in the Bible? What does the word testament mean? Pit your wits against this quiz to see how much you actually know about the Bible.

The Bible

An interactive introduction to the Bible

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The Bible

An interactive introduction to the Bible

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Why do Christians think the Bible is such a special book? How many books are there in the Bible? Is the Bible one book? Who are the main characters in the Bible? What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments? Find out the […]

The Bible (Abridged)

The Story of the Bible in 5 minutes

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The Bible (Abridged)

The Story of the Bible in 5 minutes

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Why is there pain in the world? Can we ever trust earthly leaders and politicians? What does it mean for Christians to see God as king of the universe? As  DJ Galactus Jack journeys through the story of the Bible in 5 minutes he explores […]

The Books of the Bible

What do the books of the Bible contain?

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The Books of the Bible

What do the books of the Bible contain?

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The Bible – God’s Word

How do Christians view the Bible?

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The Bible – God’s Word

How do Christians view the Bible?

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‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.’ This statement is part of Paul’s teaching to a young Christian leader called Timothy and can be found in 2 Timothy 3:16. Christians believe that this is a key passage […]

Versions of the Bible

How many versions of the Bible are there?

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Versions of the Bible

How many versions of the Bible are there?

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If you were to click on ‘Bible Gateway,’ an online Bible resource, you would be able to read 42 different English versions of the Bible alone. This does not include other versions in other languages. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek with […]

Reading the Bible

When and where do Christians read the Bible?

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Reading the Bible

When and where do Christians read the Bible?

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At home Many Christians will spend time each day in a quiet place, praying, reading the Bible and thinking about what it says. Jesus said: “When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly”. (Matthew 6:6) […]

Bible Overview

What books are found in the Bible?

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Bible Overview

What books are found in the Bible?

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The Bible is divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word ‘testament’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘covenant’ or ‘promise.’ The promises that are made between God and people are the threads that run through the entire Bible. It is […]