What is the Bible?

What is the Bible?

The Bible is one of the most influential books in the world. Christians often refer to it as ‘God’s Word’ and therefore see it as the most important book ever written and as an authority for their faith. Although the Bible is more than 3000 years old Christians believe that, through this amazing book, God is still teaching, helping and guiding them today.

The word Bible comes from a Greek word biblos, which simply means book. However, the Bible is not one book but a collection of different books: 66 in total that speak about God and his plan for the world. This library of books was written over a long period of time by about 40 different authors. It includes many different types (genres) of writing including history, prophecy, poetry, and words of wisdom, laws, proverbs and letters.

Have a look at the three videos below to learn more. They gradually dig deeper into this seemingly simple question!

A short video answering the question: What is the Bible? (The Bible Society)
A more detailed answer to the question: What is the Bible? (The Bible Project)
Amy Orr-Ewing offers a more detailed answer to the question: Can I Trust the Bible?