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The Bible is considered the best-selling book in history. Estimates say some five billion copies have been sold. It is thought to be the most translated and distributed book in the world. Bibles have been burned, smuggled, and dipped in blood. It’s safe to say that no other book has drawn more comment and controversy than the Bible.
The Bible contains a collection of 66 books (39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament) originally written in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) over a period of about 1600 years through the instrumentation of some 40 different writes, from around the Mediterranean region.
But, what is the Bible exactly?
This has been an important question in my life. Permit a brief testimony to explain. Well into my adult life and education, I thought that the Bible was a collection of bizarre, man-made tales with zero bearing on the world today which had been concocted by some hand-wringing, narrow-minded fascists looking to oppress people for personal gain. Throughout, and after, my university years, I was a devout evolutionist with little real exposure to the biblical Christianity. In my early to mid-twenties, I was challenged to study the science behind the idea of a creator. With some reluctance, I did. The more I read, the more I began to see the holes in Darwinian gradualism and other theories concerning evolution. I was not, however, a Christian yet. After further study, I renounced the idea of evolution and began reading the Bible.
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I had many questions about the Bible. Who was to say that it was authoritative? How do we know it, and nothing else, is the word of God as it says? What about other supposed lost or hidden books not included in the Bible but should have been? Who decided what should be in the Bible? Were there...
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