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The Bible

This page contains links to pages on the site which which are relevant to the whole Bible.

The Bible as a Document

These pages look at the canon of Scripture, which books are included in the Bible, as well as other groups of books which are excluded. There is also a page describing the history of the Bible in English. There are also links to pages giving an overview of the Old and New Testaments.

Why 66 Books?

The historical process by which the Bible, both OT and NT came into its present form, and to consider why these particular books were included and others excluded.

The English Bible

An account of the struggle to translate the Bible into the English language over more than the last thousand years, so the Scriptures could be made available to the ordinary person.

Hebrew Scriptures

The Hebrew Scriptures contain 24 books, which are the same as the books in the OT, but in a different order

NT Quotations from OT

This is a list of all the passages in each book of the New Testament which are quotations from the Old Testament.

OT Quoted in NT

This is a list of all the passages in each book of the Old Testament which are quoted in the New Testament.

Bible Overview

The Old Testament overview gives a brief chronological description of the major events beginning from the creation to the end of the Old Testament, but also including the Inter-testamental period. Each of the books of the Old Testament are described at the appropriate place in the overview. The overview is divided into six sections with the links below.

1: Creation and Patriarchs
2: Exodus and Wilderness
3: Conquest and Monarchy
4: Divided Kingdom and Exile
5: Return from Exile
6: 400 Silent Years

The New Testament overview gives a brief chronological description of the major events of the first century including the Life of Jesus and Paul's Missionary Journeys. Each of the books of the New Testament is described at the appropriate place in the overview. The overview is divided into five sections with links below.

1: Life and Ministry of Jesus
2: Birth of the Church
3: Pauls' Missionary Journeys
4: Paul's imprisonment
5: John and the later New Testament

Other Non-Canonical Writings

The Apocrypha

The twelve additional books found in some Bibles, known as the OT Apocrypha. This page describes these books, and why they are not included in Protestant Bibles.

The Pseudepigrapha

The Pseudepigrapha is a collection of books which are not included in the Hebrew or in most Christian Bibles. This page describes the main books in this collection.

Doctrinal or theological Issues

Paradox

This page looks at the issue of paradox, showing the wide variety of paradoxes in Christian doctrine, and the way the existence of these paradoxes explains why there are so many disagreements within the church on issues of doctrine, but also why false teaching and heresies can develop.