An Introduction to the Bible
The Bible is the most important book you will ever read. It is the most influential book in the world. You can find a copy easily, on the shelf of almost any book-store or library. It can be read as easily as a newspaper, yet it is a challenge to the best minds. There are many efforts in every generation to apply its insights to the contemporary scene. New interpretations of the Bible are constantly being produced.
The most important document in the history of the English language is the King James Version of the Bible, printed in 1611. To measure its impact on the English speaking world would be impossible. The Translaters of the King James Version were richly rewarded for their long and intense study of the Bible manuscripts. They wrote:
“Among all our joys, there was none that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuation of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excels all the riches of the earth; because the fruit of it extends itself, no only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directs and disposes men to that eternal happiness which is above in Heaven.” (Translators to the Reader, King James Bible, 1611). The task of the translators of each version is difficult and a high privilege.
The teacher, however, must not only understand what is written (preferably in the original languages), but make it clear to the reader. Its message is simple. Find Jesus Christ and through Him get reconciliation with God—peace with God now and an eternity of joy ahead.
“The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People and for the People.” (Wycliffe’s translation, 1384)