Basics of the Bible

 

Basics and Fundamentals

With any scientific inquiry its important to start with the basics.  So what is the Bible and why do I capitalize bible?  The Bible is a book.  I know that sounds a bit obvious.  But what I am getting at is the Bible has a fundamental structure.  It has a beginning and an end.  It’s full of words which leads us to meanings.  Now if this all seems completely boring, what I am saying is we need to look at the Bible like any other book.  It leads us on with mysterious questions and also mysterious answers that need to be solved, or understood, whichever way you like to think.

What is the Problem

The Bible introduces itself with a problem.  It’s not all that strange for books to start this way.  A detective story might start with a missing object (think Maltese falcon) or person, sometimes a dead one.  A tale of science fiction may transport us to a future place, but how did we get there?  [Remember the Planet of the Apes, for instance.]

The Bible begins with Creation in Genesis.  There is a Garden of Eden.  Most everyone knows this.  But then how does the Bible end?  Spoiler alert it ends in Chapter 22 of the book of Revelation with Eden Restored (see NIV version at bibegateway.com if you want to read it).

The Problem:  Eden was lost at the start of the book.  The Conclusion:  Eden is restored at the end.  As you know, quite a lot happens in between.

Why do I capitalize?

The Bible is capitalized because it’s big time important.  It’s the most popular book of all time.  Check out the Bible’s popularity with other modern books at relevantmagazine.com.   And it is a Holy book which was written over a very long time (like a thousand plus years).

What else is there to know

There are 66 chapters in the Bible.  Each chapter is referred to as a book unto itself (the Greek word for books is biblia).  So there is the book of Daniel (which is one of my favorites) and the book of Revelation, which scares a lot of folks.  Don’t worry it’s a very optimistic book if you know what to look for.

Okay enough with the fundamentals for now.  Next time we will dig into some real science.

©Copyright 2017 Doug Bollman

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