The Bible from 30,000 feet:
Key verses for All Bible Study (from Paul’s Last Epistle - 2 Tim):
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.-2 Tim 3:16-17
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.-2 Tim 2:15
The Problem and Its Final Resolution (Sin = Death; Death shall be no more; Life)
By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”-Gen 3:19
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.-Rom 6:23
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death… when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality [in resurrection], then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory-1 Cor 15:26
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.-Rev 21:4
The Overriding Theme of Scripture:
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.
66 Books Total (Western)
39 “Old Testament” Books (as we arrange them) HEBREW
5 – Pentateuch (Genesis - Deuteronomy) Adam to death of Moses
12 – History (Joshua – 2 Chronicles/captivity of Judah/Jerusalem burned)
5 – Poetry Books (Job – Song of Solomon)
5 – Major Prophets (Isaiah – Daniel)
12 – Minor Prophets (Hosea – Malachi)
END of WESTERN OLD TESTAMENT (Hebrew Canon ends with Chronicles)
27 “New Testament” Books GREEK*
4 – Gospels (Matthew – John)**
1 – Book of Acts
7 – Epistles of the Apostles to Circumcision
7 – Epistles of Paul (Apostle to the Uncircumcision) during the Acts
7 – Epistles of Paul (Apostle to the Uncircumcision) after the Acts
1 – The Revelation
Apocrypha - Apocrypha are works, usually written, of unknown authorship or of doubtful origin. Biblical apocrypha is a set of texts included in the Latin Vulgate and Septuagint but not in the Hebrew Bible.
*Some manuscripts contain parts of Matthew in Aramaic
**The gospel accounts are split into the three “synoptic” accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and John’s gospel to the “world.”