A map of the Old Testament
First of all, we need a deeper knowledge of the Bible. Here is a quick and basic timeline of events in the Old Testament.
In the beginning: Creation (Genesis 1), Very early: Adam and Eve (Genesis 2–3), Still quite early: Noah’s flood (Genesis 6–9), Around 2000 b.c.e.: Abraham and Sarah leave for Canaan (Genesis 12–25).
Around 1000 b.c.e.: David begins ruling as Israel’s King (2 Samuel), Around 950 b.c.e.: King Solomon, David’s son, builds the Temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6–8).
586 b.c.e.: The southern kingdom of Judah is conquered and exiled by the Babylonians, which begins the Exilic Period (2 Kings 25)
Around 6 b.c.e.: Jesus is born during the reign of Herod the Great, a Roman-appointed King of the Jews (Matthew 1 and Luke 2), Around 30 c.e.: Jesus is crucified during the rule of Pontius Pilate
70 c.e.: The destruction of the Jewish Temple by the Romans, Around 95 c.e.: Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, is completed
The bible is like a library. The Old Testament is a collection of books and stories written by the gospels (author of the lords word). The stories in the bible were created by the gospels over years.
So how do we locate a verse?
Go to the Table Of Contents and locate the book you are looking for: John, Mark, Matthew, Luke etc. The number before the colon is referred to as the chapter. The chapter number is often big and bold
And therefore easy to locate. On the top of the page, most of the time it says what book and chapters are located on that particular page.
We know some things about the Old Testament. But what about the New Testament? Some facts: Pentateuch: Genesis is the first book in the New Testament. There are 27 books in the New Testament.
There are 2 letters to the Corinthians. The first book of the New Testament is Gospels: Matthew. The books that are in the Pentateuch are the following: Genesis, Exodus, Levictus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
The story of Abraham is in the book of Revelation. The bible was inspired by 'true events' that took place thousands of years ago and the morals of previous characters involved in the stories that
Sculpted the religion we call Christianity. Catholics believe what they are teaching is true. However they use many words and descriptions that don't seem practical. For example. God is our Shepard,
And we are his sheep. Both of which seem absurd if read without thought. Not everything should be observed as true in the bible, as sometimes it uses lines that require deep thinking to understand.
You have to understand that some of the events in the bible are made up to reinforce existing morals we as Catholics hold. These stories are called narratives.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the four 'main' gospels. They all wrote their books in different places. Matthew wrote his book in Syria, Mark wrote his in Rome, Luke in Atioch and John in Ephesus.
That's the bible for you. But how did it come to be? Over the years these stories were passed down through oral tradition or in the form of writing on tablets, papyrus etc. They found it difficult
Sometimes, as stories changed through oral tradition, meaning some people may have gotten the wrong translation and therefore not have a clear understanding of that particular event.
Thanks for reading my guide, I hope you learnt more about the bible.
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