SOR1 - Sacred Texts Of Christianity
Books of the Bible
- The Bible can be broken down into 2 parts:
- Old Testament: Hebrew Bible consisting of the 24 books of the TaNaKh (can be divided into Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim)
- Also contains the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon, which are disputed books (Catholics and Orthodox recognise these books as part of the Bible, Protestants do not)
- New Testament: 27 books about the life and actions of Jesus, consists of 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), followed by the Acts of the Apostles, then the 21 Epistles (Letters) and the Book of Revelation.
- Note: Jesus did not exist in the Old Testament because he was NOT BORN YET!!!
Why is the Bible important for Christians?
- Allows Christians to form a foundation of their relationship with God
- Reinforcing Passage: Deuteronomy 6:7
- Provides a model for ethics and behavior (Mostly through the actions and words of Jesus in the New Testament)
- Reinforcing Passage: Matthew 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount)
- Enables spiritual education
- Reinforcing Passage: Ephesians 6:4
- Facilitates/enables public and private worship
- Reinforcing Passage: Psalm 149:1-9
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