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Building the Bible

Introduction

What is the Bible?

The Bible is the most widely distributed book in history. It has been translated more times and into more languages than any other book. The word “bible” comes from the Latin word “biblia”, which means books. So the Bible is a collection of books. More precisely, the Bible is a collection made up of sixty-six separate books. The books are grouped into the Old and New Testaments. Within those books there is history, law, prophecy, song, and poetry, all of which have their special role in imparting inspiration, comfort, wisdom, and directions for living. While the Old Testament is sacred in Judaism and Christianity, the New Testament is sacred only in Christianity. Within the testaments, the books are divided into historical books, poetic books, prophetic books, and letters.



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