The Bible also referred to as the Holy Bible is the compilation of sacred texts written by a group of forty authors over a period of one thousand five hundred years (1,500 years). It is fundamental to the Christian faith in the Trinity – God – the supreme being, Jesus Christ – the son of God and the Holy Spirit who is believed to have inspired the scripture; “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16). It derives its English name from a Latin word biblia.
Jews and Christians believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible called the Torah. It was originally written in Greek, translated into Latin and early translations were made obsolete by St. Jerome Vulgate who was well versed in Hebrew. He revised the translations to conform to the Hebrew language in a way that is mostly understood (Wikipedia). Translated from Latin to English covering only the New Testament and some parts of the Old testaments was attributed to John Wycliffe of England (extracted from Goarch website).
The Bible comprises of 66 books written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek “as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). It has many chapters and numerous verses written in many different styles of writing such as poetry, narrative, fictional, history, laws and prophecies open to interpretation from Bible scholars within the context of the written styles. There are different Bible translations, the King James version being the closest interpretation to the original called The Torah in Hebrew. It has been said that King James ordered a new translation of the Bible to unite his kingdom and the church.
The Bible has great wisdom and truth applicable to any life situation or circumstances. It is open to several interpretations but the true interpretation comes directly from the Holy Spirit. It renews minds, transform lives and gives a new life in Christ Jesus when correctly applied to any life given situations. It’s history has been reportedly accurate as well as its accounts. It helps to navigate through life in good times and in bad times.
It’s a living book for insight, guidance and direction into living life on earth and preparing for eternity. it is the word of truth that instructs, guides and inspired the early Christians and continues to inspire disciples of Christ on earth. It serves to guide, direct, inform, inspire and motivates all Christians on earth to live life according to God’s standard.
It has been in existence for thousands of years and consists voluminous account of God’s creation and activities on earth and in heaven. To make sense of the Bible, you need to study the Bible alone with the help of the Holy Spirit or with other Christians who are grounded in the word. You can now read the Bible online or join an online Bible study groups.
These are the books of the Bible
Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Songs of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
New Testament: Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation.
There are many online Bible versions and you can access these ones by clicking on the links below: