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Quiz about Bible Structure
Quiz about Bible Structure

Bible Structure Trivia Quiz

Not all versions of the Christian text known as the Bible are the same. Sometimes this is due to differing translations of specific words; sometimes it is disagreement as to whether specific texts should be included.

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May 01 24
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All complete Bibles (as opposed to extracts compiled for a specific purpose) have two major divisions - the Testament, which corresponds to the , or Hebrew Bible, and the Testament, a collection of writings specifically about the life and teachings of and his followers. The early Christians considered the Hebrew Bible as their text, and used its contents as evidence to support their contention that the predicted had arrived. It took several centuries before the various works that were considered as sacred settled into the modern canons accepted by different Christian groups.

The first books of the Bible are called the , also known as the Torah or the Books of . Then the numbers get messy, but there are between and twenty books of and between five and seven books of . These are followed by varying numbers of books of prophecy. It is only when we reach the so-called Minor Prophets that everyone agrees again on what is included; there are books in this concluding division of the Hebrew Bible.

As Christians felt a need to record the aspects of their faith that diverged from its Jewish roots, they had a lot of different written material on which to draw, including a number of letters (called ) written by early Christians to discuss their faith. The most prolific of these was the man known as , whose interpretation of the Christian message forms the core of most modern understandings. These writings about what it means to be a Christian comprise the bulk of the Christian addition to the Bible, but they are preceded by four , telling the story of Christ through different lenses, and the book of , which describes the actions of the apostles in the earliest days of establishing their church. The final book in the Bible, , is written in three genres: epistolary, and prophetic.
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While many contemporary Christians consider that the Bible, as they read it in whatever version they have selected, is the literal Word of God, what they see is the result of a number of choices made over several thousand years. The Bible is not a single book, it is a collection of books, written in various genres for a range of purposes. At various times, and still in different places, Christians have disagreed about what should be considered part of the canon, and exactly how it should be translated into their local language. This is not surprising, considering that the original texts were written (when they were written, and not passed down as oral history) in languages which are no longer spoken, in historical circumstances which we can only piece together.

In the fifth century, agreement was reached by all Christians to include the current 27 books of the New Testament's modern canon, and consider the many other writings of early Christians as apocryphal. They may provide useful insights, but are not statements that are to be accepted as matters of faith. Debate continued, however, over the Old Testament. The Council of Trent in 1546 determined what books are considered canonical for Roman Catholics, but Eastern and Protestant groups have other opinions. There are a number of books in the Old Testament which are considered canonical by some, and apocryphal by others (and in a few cases completely dismissed by some).

The issue of translation is often overlooked, but when scholars are not certain of the exact meaning of a word, how they choose to translate it can have a significant impact on the reader's perception of the meaning of a passage. This is not the place for lengthy discussion, but the complexity of the issue can be illustrated by noting that the Old Testament was mostly written in Classical Hebrew. This was then translated into Koine (Hellenistic) Greek to produce the Septuagint around the third century BCE, at a time when that and Aramaic were the languages spoken by most Jews. This formed the basis for the Christian Old Testament, usually used to produce a vernacular version. The production of a vernacular text requires at the least familiarity with Koine Greek, which is definitely not the same as modern Greek. Consider how much trouble some have understanding the meaning of some of the words used in the King James Bible, written in the English of the 17th century, and you will get some understanding of how much languages change over time. And, needless to say, not everyone agrees that the Septuagint got it right when translating from the original Hebrew!
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