The Origin and Meaning of the Word Bible
The word Bible is a literal translation of the Greek word biblos (inner bark of the papyrus plant). Many ancient writings were on rolls of papyrus from which comes the word “paper.” Such a roll was called a biblion and contained only one book. The plural of biblion is biblia, which passed over into Latin as singular and came to mean Bible.
The Bible is Divinely Inspired
Refer to 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21.
Revelation: The process by which God unveils Himself and His will to human messengers.
Illumination: The Holy Spirit’s work as He enlightens the human mind with spiritual understanding in order that man might grasp revealed truth. Refer to John 14:26 and 1 Corinthians 2:14
Inspiration: Refers to God’s inbreathing into the chosen messenger through the Holy Spirit, enabling him by divine guidance to deliver or record God’s revealed message. In the Scriptural sense it means God breathing into His messenger.
The Bible is a Unique Book
• The Bible is a library of 66 books.
• 39 OT books: 17 historical, 5 poetical, 17 prophetic.
• 27 NT books: 4 Gospels, 1 historical (Acts), 21 epistles (letters), 1 prophetic (Revelation).
• Topics include: religion, history, law, science, poetry, drama, biography, prophecy.
• The Bible was written by over 35 authors from different walks of life — educated and uneducated, kings and peasants, public officials and farmers, teachers and physicians.
• Authors wrote in different places: wilderness (Moses), dungeon (Jeremiah), prison (Paul), island (John).
• The Bible was written in times of war and peace as well as in times of joy and sorrow and hope and despair.
• The Bible was written on 3 continents: Asia, Africa, Europe.
• The Bible was written in 3 languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek.
• A total of 66 books written by over 35 authors over a period of 1600 years, and yet all the parts of the Bible are as harmonious as the parts making up the human body. How is this possible? Divine inspiration.