The first book ever printed was the Bible; and more Bibles have been
printed than any other book. It has been translated, in its entirety
or in part, into more than a thousand languages and dialects and
various systems for the blind. The American Bible Society (founded
in 1816) alone has published over 356 million volumes of Scripture.
The Bible is the name given to the revelation of God to man contained
in sixty-six books or pamphlets, bound together and forming one book
and only one, for it has in reality one author and one purpose and
plan – the salvation of man.
derives its name from the Greek “ta biblia,” meaning,
the books. The word is derived from a root designating the inner bark
of the linden tree, on which the ancients wrote their books. It is
as being superior to all other books.
The Bible consists of two great parts, called the Old and New
Testaments, separated by an interval of nearly four hundred years.
These Testaments are further divided into sixty-six books, thirty-nine
in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New. These books are a
library in themselves, being written in every known form of literature.
Twenty-two of them are historical, five are poetical, eighteen are
prophetical, and twenty-one are epistolary. They contain logical
arguments, poetry, songs and hymns, history, biography, stories,
parables, fables, eloquence, law, letters, philosophy and prophecy.
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, except a few parts of
Ezra and of Daniel and one verse in Jeremiah. The New Testament
is written wholly in Greek.
The Book Nobody Knows
As amazing as it may seem, and as widely known as the Bible is, it is
the most misunderstood book read by man. Many educated, learned men
dedicated their lives to studying the Bible, and yet, they could not
understand the Marvelous Plan the author wove into the sixty-six
inspired books. They could not grasp the significant meaning of
prophecies inspired for OUR TIME, today. They could not unlock vital
keys that are absolutely essential to understanding the TRUTHS of the
Bible. They never comprehended The Incredible Human Potential God
intends for mankind. The Truth is that God NEVER intended for them to
know. In fact, he closed the minds of all of mankind to these basic
TRUTHS, and chose to reveal them to only a few. You are probably asking
by now, “Is That Really In There?” See
for yourself. (Matthew 13:10-17)
In Acts the eighth chapter an angel of the Lord sent Philip to locate
an Ethiopian eunuch who had come up to Jerusalem to worship. When
Philip found him he was reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked
him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch said,
“How can I except some man should guide me:”
And so it is with most of us, we need some one to guide us. It is for
this purpose the Church of God, New World Ministries has developed a
Bible Study Correspondence Course. This Course will take you scripture
by scripture through various doctrines and topics that have been
misunderstood for centuries. If you will study this course, looking up
every scripture in your Bible, and take it for exactly what it says--
empty your minds of all myths, traditions and preconceived ideas-- you
will come to understand mysteries that have not been understood by man
Write today and enroll in the Church of God, New World Ministries
Bible Study Correspondence Course.
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