How to read the Bible – Intro

The Bible is not a single book written from beginning to end as a single narrative enterprise. It is a collection of books.  In Greek the word “Biblia” is plural and means “books.” In other words, it is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures considered to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans.  The Bible appears as a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are all linked by the belief that they collectively contain the word of God. These texts include historical accounts, hymns, allegory, parables, collections of wisdom, letters – and unique form of writing called “gospels.” So, let’s explore the Bible!

What is the Bible? This is episode 1 of an ongoing series that explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. Here you’ll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

Biblical Story. Episode 2 summarizes the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.

Literary Styles
Episode 3 shows how reading the Bible wisely requires that we learn about the ancient literary styles used by the biblical authors. These writers expressed their ideas and claims through a variety of different type of literature, and this video will explore why it’s important to tell them apart so we can hear their message on their terms.

Ancient Jewish Meditation Literature
Episode 4 explores the unique literary style of the Bible that is meant to draw its readers into a lifelong journey of reading and meditation. The Bible is designed as a multi-layered work, offering new levels of insight as you re-read it and allow each part to help you understanding every other part. The Bible is the original meditation literature.