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The Bible Is a Library

The term Bible means a book. Yet when most of us hear that word we think of the book. Actually, the Bible is not a single volume; it is a collection of sixty-six books.

The forty or so men who wrote the Bible were quite diverse. They lived on three continents and spanned sixteen centuries. They had a variety of vocations, from kings to servants, from doctors to farmers. Some lived in large cities, others in remote wildernesses. Some wrote from palaces, others from prisons.

The books themselves represent a broad spectrum of literature. The Bible contains works of law, poetry, history, biography, and prophecy. Most of the New Testament books are letters, either to churches or individuals.

Despite this diversity, the Bible maintains a remarkable unity. It has a single theme: salvation in Christ. Its doctrines do not contradict. How is that possible? God directed each man as he wrote. “. . . no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

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