DENVER, Colorado—When a teacher asks a student to read the Bible, a few days before class, she can’t help but smile.
The question is innocuous: How much reading do you want?
The answer depends on what you expect.
For a Christian, reading the bible is one of the central parts of their faith.
For many non-Christians, the idea of the Bible is not so simple.
And for some, it is the very thing that makes them uncomfortable.
The most common misconception about reading the book of life is that it teaches nothing new.
What some people think is the Bible’s only real value is that there is nothing left to learn from it, writes Rachel L. Latham in The Conversation.
But that’s not true.
For students, the bible’s teachings offer valuable insights into how to live.
And as you read it, you’ll be inspired by its beauty, its wisdom, and its power.
So how to start reading it?
Read the Bible in context This is the part where we try to understand the context of the text and its meaning.
The bible itself is not a perfect, perfect text.
The early church gave it a name, and a few things have changed over time.
Some people, like Lutherans, use the name of the book itself.
Others, like the Protestant Reformation, use “the New Testament.”
But most use the phrase “the Book of Revelation.”
Here are some questions to ask yourself to make sense of what you are about to read.
How old is the bible?
There are two ways to look at this.
The Bible’s earliest extant sources date from about 476 BC, which means the book is around a thousand years old.
Its earliest surviving copies date from around 400 AD.
What was the original meaning of the word “bible”?
The Bible is often described as a collection of stories and scriptures.
But this is only one way to look.
Some scholars think it has more than one original meaning.
For example, the New Testament says, “He is the Christ, the Son of God, the Word made flesh, born of the Virgin Mary.”
Other scholars, like John Calvin, say it’s one of several titles of Jesus.
Are there differences between the Hebrew and Greek texts?
There is no single word in the Bible that has the same meaning.
Many scholars, including some biblical scholars, think that the two languages are one and the same.
They believe that the language of the original Hebrew and the Greek was very similar, but that the Bible was written in both languages.
What is the oldest surviving copy of the New Jerusalem Bible?
It is believed to be around 500 BC.
What does the word Bible mean?
Bible is the plural of Bible, which is a plural of the Hebrew word אַפְחַת (bibil) which means “book.”
Hebrew has a long and complicated alphabet.
The oldest known book, the Hebrew Bible, dates back to about 1000 BC.
Why does it seem to be a little older than the oldest copies?
The Bible was actually written in different languages over the course of its history.
Many people have written down parts of the bible and kept them as a kind of bible to preserve.
Others have written it down and copied it and made it into books.
But it’s still a very complex text that was written many times over the centuries.
Why are some verses from the Bible written so long?
Many of the oldest manuscripts are made up of hundreds of lines of text.
Some are even thousands of words long.
This is because each writer was trying to convey a particular message, often with the help of a special vocabulary.
Many of these words were the same in Hebrew and in Greek, but the meanings of them varied in each language.
How many translations of the Old Testament did we get before the Septuagint?
Most people think that some of the Septuragint translations were created by a Greek scholar named Josephus.
But no one knows for sure.
Josephus himself is thought to have translated many other Greek writings.
Why is there so much Greek in the Old and New Testaments?
There were Greek manuscripts in all of the Greek-speaking countries of the world.
The Greeks were the people who came up with the names for the books and to translate them.
These were called philological works.
They were not translations of texts, but rather the original Greek text.
What are some of these books?
The New Testament is divided into three books: the New Testament, the Gospel, and the Holy Bible.
In each book, Jesus is the center of the story.
In addition to the Old Testament and the Gospel of John, there are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Are the Old, New, and Holy Bibles in the same order?
Yes, they are.
They are all called the same book.
For instance, the Bible contains the Old Law and the New Law, which