Summary: This is an overview of the Bible, we subtitled it Genesis to Revelation in 25 minutes. It actually took 28 but you can’t breath while you preach it.
This book contains 6000 years of recorded history. It tells the stories of the Jewish people, of the Messiah Jesus and of the early church. It contains intrigue and romance, love and betrayal. It’s made up of flowing poetry, gripping prose and soaring apocalyptical prophecies. It’s not just one book it’s a collection of many books, written by many authors, authors who we believe were working under the inspiration of the almighty God. But those many books make one book; a book that we believe was preserved for us by God for instruction, information and edification. And we are going to look at it all in 25 minutes so hold on.
Let’s start with some basic stuff. The Bible contains 66 books and is divided into two major portions, the Old Testament with 39 books and the New Testament with 27 books. There are 1189 chapters in the Bible: 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament.
The Longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses. The shortest chapter is Psalm 117 with 2 verses. Psalm 117 is also the middle chapter in the Bible. The Longest verse is Esther 8:9 the shortest verse is John 11:35.
Although the stories of the Bible range across what we now know as the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean they are primarily centred in what was known as Canaan in the Old Testament and Israel in the New Testament. If we pull up a map of that area this is where most of it happened. Centred in what we know now as Israel Canaan stretched as far north as Lebanon and as far south as Egypt and east into what is now Syria and Jordon.
The first five books of the bible are called either the Pentateuch which is Greek for “Five scrolls” or simply the Torah which means the law. This section includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Tradition tells us that Moses was the author of these five books however during the past 100 years some scholars have come to the conclusion that there were several different authors. However they don’t have any concrete proof of that theory. The reality is that Moses could have written them. We are told that he was educated in the Pharaohs court and from scripture we know that Moses was able to write. He was the leader and organizer of a movement that he believed would last for many generations so it’s likely he would have wanted to record their history for future posterity.
Scholars feel that these books were probably written fifteen hundred years before Christ was born.
The first book of the bible Genesis contains many of the bible stories that we learned about in Sunday School it contains the story of Creation and the first couple: Adam and Eve along with how they disobeyed God and were expelled from the Garden of Eden as a result. The account of Noah and the ark is here and how God destroyed the world because the inhabitants became so evil. It’s in this book that we read about Abraham and Sarah and how their son Isaac was born in their old age.
This is also where we read about Joseph’s coat of many colours and his adventures in Egypt.