The Bible: The Big Picture

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The Bible, consisting of 66 books, divided into two Testaments (Old and New) is the Word of God. In Peter’s second letter he writes, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (). Over a time period of around 1,500 years by about forty different authors on three different continents (Asia, Europe and Africa), in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) the Word of God was written. However, the ultimate source of the Bible is God. Unlike any other document in this world, the Scriptures originate with God, thus making them His Word. This is why Scripture is authoritative, relevant and sufficient. Continue reading The Bible: The Big Picture

21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is One Book

The Bible is One Book

James B. Jordan is a Reformed theologian, who has some strange things to say, and some outstanding things to say. And sometimes both occur at the same time. One thing that he did say recently in a conference lecture in London was outstanding, and something which should shape our reading and interpretation of scripture. It may be strange to some, but it’s undoubtedly true.

The Bible is one book, not two.

Sure there are multiple covenants, and things progress, change, and develop throughout the book. The story of God’s people is variegated. It is not dualistic, however. The distinction between the Old Testament and New Testament is a distinction which we (i.e. publishers, and those who read their editions of the Bible) have made. Ironically it is not a biblical distinction. Continue reading The Bible is One Book