What Exactly Is The Bible?

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more Bible into your .

Next we’ll address a seemingly basic question: What exactly is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over a 1,600-year period by 40 authors in 3 languages on 3 continents depicting nearly 3,000 characters in more than 1,500 locations through which God chose to reveal Himself via a variety of prose, poetry and prophecy.

Why on earth would any sane, normal, modern person spend any time with a book like that? As we discussed last week, here’s what the Bible itself says:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)

ALL Scripture. Every single syllable and semi-colon.

What else does the Bible say about itself? Here’s a greatest hits collection of verses from all over the Bible. Meditate on ‘em. Marinate in ‘em. Memorize ‘em.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

The Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  (Proverbs 2:6)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

More to come tomorrow. Until then …

Read the Bible.
All of it.
Starting now.
Seriously.
Please.

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