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Outline:. 1). What is the Bible? 2). Who wrote the Bible? 3). Genealogy 4). Camping/Story telling. What is the Bible?. A collection of ancient writings about God. Bible is Greek ('biblia') meaning 'Books'.. What is the Bible?.

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Outline:

  • 1). What is the Bible?

  • 2). Who wrote the Bible?

  • 3). Genealogy

  • 4). Camping/Story telling


What is the bible

What is the Bible?

  • A collection of ancient writings about God.

  • Bible is Greek ('biblia') meaning 'Books'.


What is the bible1

What is the Bible?

  • Old & New Testaments or Hebrew &Christian Scriptures.

  • Testament = agreement Scriptures = sacred writings.


What is the bible2

What is the Bible?

  • Hebrew: stories are about the agreement (covenant) with God and the Hebrew people.


What is the bible3

What is the Bible?

  • Christian: stories & teachings of covenant with Jesus & all people who believe & accept forgiveness of sins.


The bible is

The Bible is:

  • Hebrew belief in a loving, caring God different from the chaotic, warring, immoral gods of other religions (Marduk).


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Marduk:

When on high the heavens had not been named,

Firm ground below had not been called by name,


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Naught by primordial Apsu, their begetter,

(And) Mummu-Tiamat, she who bore them all,


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Their waters commingling as a single body.

From this union of primeval waters all other gods spring.


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They fought against each other. They killed their parents.

Marduk makes heaven & earth out of each half his mother's body.


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Blood I will mass and cause bones to be.

I will establish a savage,

'man' shall be his name.

Verily, savage-man I will create.


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He shall be charged with the service of the gods

That they might be at ease! (ANET 68)


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God:

“Let us make man in our own image,

in the likeness of ourselves,


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And let them be masters of the fish of the sea,

the birds of heaven,

the cattle,

all the wild beasts and all the reptiles upon the earth.


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God created man in the image of himself,

in the image of God he created him,

male and female he created them.


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And so it was.

God saw all he had made

and indeed it was very good.” (Genesis 1:26-31)


Who wrote the bible

Who wrote the Bible?

  • People of God about their experiences with God.

  • Written to the People of God (Farmers, Shepherds & Nomads).


Who wrote the bible1

Who wrote the Bible?

  • Written by many authors over 1400 years.

  • Final Hebrew collection, writing done during Babylonian exile by the religious scholars/scribes.


Who wrote the bible2

Who wrote the Bible?

  • Final Hebrew Canon accepted 1st Century AD.

  • Final Christian Cannon accepted 3rd Century AD.


Genealogy

Genealogy:

  • Story of where we came from. Who we are. Why we are the way we are (culture, nationality, religion).


Genealogy1

Genealogy:

  • Stories have special meaning for us. Our Special History.

  • Bible is the special History for the Hebrews as well as all Humanity.


Genealogy2

Genealogy:

  • Our Special History of Salvation.

  • It tells about our special relationship with God.

    • Who we are, Why we are, What is our purpose


Camping

Camping:

  • At night, around the campfire, we share our stories.

  • Stories are about an event that happened in the past.


Camping1

Camping:

  • Stories are shared with family & friends (Oral).

  • Stories are reflected upon and embellished in order teach, edify, help. Stories are always accurate.


Camping2

Camping:

  • Important stories are eventually written down.

  • Stories are the reflection by the community of its special experience of God in their lives.


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