The Old Testament is the first and longer portion of our Bible. A collection of ancient Hebrew writings that not only contains the historical record of God’s promise to them and all of humanity, but also their primary text for moral instruction.
Simon Peter, how can we help but love him? Delightful in his spontaneity. Likable in his gregariousness. Transparent and enthusiastic. Quick to act, and react. So sure of himself, yet at times timid and even cowardly. There is something genuine and endearing about Peter and his ways.
After long struggling with sticking to Bible reading plans, I tried some of the literature-style reading charts out there. A big improvement, but something was still missing. They had me gorging some days and snacking others. They just didn’t have a consistent feel to them.
Pagan societies in Biblical times devalued women, granting them little more dignity than animals. Even Greek philosophers, with their great learning, regarded them as inferior creatures by nature. Aristotle once said, “Woman may be said to be an inferior to man.”
Our word testament comes from the Greek diaqhkh, meaning “will, testament, or covenant.” The best translation, Biblically speaking, is covenant, as the Old and New Testaments are God’s covenants (or agreements) with humanity.
Fishing and fishermen form an important element in the New Testament narrative. Most of Christ’s earthly ministry centered around the Sea of Galilee. It is where he imparted most of his parables and performed all of his miracles, and 4 of the 12 apostles were fishermen.
The Bible is a unique book. A collection of smaller books, 66 of them joined together, to become what we also know as the Scriptures or the Word of God. It contains about 611,000 words, written by 40 main authors, over a period of 1500 years.
Here in the western world, we no longer use pottery for much, other than plant pots and decorating. But potters and pottery played an important and vital role in Bible times.