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The Bible is the name used by [[Judaism|Jews]] and [[Christian]]s for their differing (and overlapping) canons of sacred texts.  The Bible is believed to be the inspired word of [[God]] by Christians and Jews alike.
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'''''The Bible''''' is the name used by [[Judaism|Jews]] and [[Christian]]s for their differing but overlapping [[canon]]s of [[sacred text]]s.  The Bible is believed to be the inspired word of [[God]] by Christians and Jews alike.
  
The Jewish and Christian Bibles are actually collections of what were originally a number of independent books. The overwhelming majority of Christians refer to the Bible as the combination of Hebrew Scripture, known to Christians as the [[Old Testament]] or First Testament; and the [[New Testament]], which describes the life and message of [[Jesus]]. For [[Roman Catholics]], the [[Eastern Orthodox]], and some [[protestants]], the Deuterocanonical books — various writings important in the Second-Temple period of Judaism (often regarded by many protestants as the (or part of the) Apocrypha) — are considered to be part of the Old Testament and as such part of the Bible, although they are rejected by many protestants and are not in the Hebrew Bible as accepted in modern Judaism. Some books considered deuterocanonical by Orthodox Churches are considered apocyphal by other Orthodox Churches and/or Catholics. For Jews, the term refers only to the Hebrew Bible, also called the Tanakh, which includes the Five Books of [[Moses]] (the [[Torah]]) as well as the books of the Prophets and Writings. Both Christians and Jews regard the Bible as the revealed word of God, with widespread variation on its accuracy, interpretation and legitimacy.
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==Composition==
  
[[Fundamentalist]]s believe that the Bible is both inspired and inerrant.  They claim that every word of the Bible is literally true, except for the parts which are intentionally written as allegories or [[parable]]s.  It is free of contradiction and error.  So for example, a Fundamentalist would most likely believe in [[six-day creation]] because he believes in the literal truth of [[Genesis]].
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The Jewish and Christian Bibles are actually collections of what were originally a number of independent books. The overwhelming majority of Christians refer to the Bible as the combination of Hebrew Scripture, known to Christians as the [[Old Testament]] or First Testament; and the [[New Testament]], which describes the life and message of [[Jesus]]. For [[Roman Catholic]]s, the [[Eastern Orthodox]], and some [[Protestant]]s, the Deuterocanonical books — various writings important in the Second-Temple period of Judaism (often regarded by many Protestants as (or part of the) Apocrypha) — are considered to be part of the Old Testament and as such part of the Bible, although they are rejected by many Protestants and are not in the Hebrew Bible as accepted in modern Judaism. Some books considered deuterocanonical by Orthodox Churches are considered apocryphal by other Orthodox Churches and/or Catholics. For Jews, the term refers only to the Hebrew Bible, also called the Tanakh, which includes the Five Books of [[Moses]] (the [[Torah]]) as well as the books of the Prophets and Writings. Both Christians and Jews regard the Bible as divinely inspired, with widespread variation on its accuracy, interpretation and legitimacy.
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Archaeological study has shown that the primary elements the first five books of the Bible, especially [[Exodus]], were around before the Old Testament was. They were found in several unrelated oral traditions around 500 BCE, but the oldest examples of biblical scripture were dated using radiometric dating to have been written between 325 and 125 BCE. The Bible is nowhere near as old as claimed by the majority of Jews and Christians)
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==Christian perspective==
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[[Fundamentalist]]s believe that the Bible is both divinely inspired and [[inerrant]].  They claim that every word of the Bible is [[Biblical literalism|literally true]], except for the parts which are intentionally written as allegories or [[parable]]s.  It is free of contradiction and error.  So for example, a Fundamentalist would most likely believe in [[six-day creation]] because he believes in the literal truth of [[Genesis]].
  
 
Liberal Christians take a more open view of the Bible, often believing that it is "inspired by God" but not inerrant.  They may believe that, while the Bible is a good spiritual guide, it is not necessarily meant to be taken literally.
 
Liberal Christians take a more open view of the Bible, often believing that it is "inspired by God" but not inerrant.  They may believe that, while the Bible is a good spiritual guide, it is not necessarily meant to be taken literally.
  
==Atheist Perspective==
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==Atheist perspective==
  
 
Atheists regard the Bible as just a period piece of literature.  Its authors may have been sincere when they wrote it, but they were nomadic sheep herders with a narrow perspective on the world.  In that sense it is little different than any other ancient text such as ''[[The Odyssey]]'': an interesting perspective on the mindset of early cultures, but of questionable accuracy, especially those passages that refer to [[supernatural]] events.
 
Atheists regard the Bible as just a period piece of literature.  Its authors may have been sincere when they wrote it, but they were nomadic sheep herders with a narrow perspective on the world.  In that sense it is little different than any other ancient text such as ''[[The Odyssey]]'': an interesting perspective on the mindset of early cultures, but of questionable accuracy, especially those passages that refer to [[supernatural]] events.
  
 
The Bible was also written well over a thousand years before the discovery of [[science]], which means that the Bible is nearly irrelevant to any scientific discussion.  Not only is the literal story of Genesis completely at odds with modern [[cosmology]], but there are many other scientific errors in the Bible.  For instance, there is the [[Biblical value of pi]] and the assertion that [[hares chew their cud]].
 
The Bible was also written well over a thousand years before the discovery of [[science]], which means that the Bible is nearly irrelevant to any scientific discussion.  Not only is the literal story of Genesis completely at odds with modern [[cosmology]], but there are many other scientific errors in the Bible.  For instance, there is the [[Biblical value of pi]] and the assertion that [[hares chew their cud]].
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==Contradictions within the Bible==
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The first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other on the creation of man.
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Gen 1:26 Man was created on the sixth day. Notice the first 5 days god was busy creating animals and plants.
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Gen 2:4-7 Man was created right from the start.
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===External lists===
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* http://www.thinkatheist.com/notes/101_Contradictions_in_the_Bible
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* http://www.evilbible.com/Biblical%20Contradictions.htm
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* http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/donald_morgan/inconsistencies.html
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* http://home.teleport.com/~packham/bible.htm#CONTRA
  
 
==Additional perspectives==
 
==Additional perspectives==
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There is an excellent resource available at [[The Skeptic's Annotated Bible]].
 
There is an excellent resource available at [[The Skeptic's Annotated Bible]].
  
Also see [[The Brick Testament]].
 
  
==Books of the Bible==
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==Unsuitable reading==
===The Old Testament===
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# [[Genesis]]
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# [[Exodus]]
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# [[Leviticus]]
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# [[Numbers]]
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# [[Deuteronomy]]
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# [[Joshua]]
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# [[Judges]]
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# [[Ruth]]
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# [[1 Samuel]]
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# [[2 Samuel]]
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# [[1 Kings]]
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# [[2 Kings]]
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# [[1 Chronicles]]
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# [[Ezra]]
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# [[Nehemiah]]
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# [[Esther]]
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# [[Job]]
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# [[Psalms]]
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# [[Proverbs]]
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# [[Ecclesiastes]]
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# [[Song of Solomon]]
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# [[Isaiah]]
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# [[Jeremiah]]
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# [[Lamentations]]
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# [[Ezekiel]]
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# [[Daniel]]
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# [[Hosea]]
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# [[Joel]]
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# [[Amos]]
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# [[Obadiah]]
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# [[Jonah]]
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# [[Micah]]
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# [[Nahum]]
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# [[Habakkuk]]
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# [[Zephaniah]]
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# [[Haggai]]
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# [[Zechariah]]
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# [[Malachi]]
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===The New Testament===
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The Bible contains passages that many people would consider
# [[Matthew]]
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inappropriate for children. The [[Skeptic's Annotated Bible]] has
# [[Mark]]
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topical summaries.
# [[Luke]]
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# [[John]]
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# [[Acts]]
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# [[Romans]]
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# [[1 Corinthians]]
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# [[2 Corinthians]]
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# [[Galatians]]
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# [[Ephesians]]
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# [[Philippians]]
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# [[Colossians]]
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# [[1 Thessalonians]]
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# [[2 Thessalonians]]
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# [[1 Timothy]]
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# [[2 Timothy]]
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# [[Titus]]
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# [[Philemon]]
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# [[Hebrews]]
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# [[James]]
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# [[1 Peter]]
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# [[2 Peter]]
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# [[1 John]]
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# [[2 John]]
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# [[3 John]]
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# [[Jude]]
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# [[Revelation]]
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/cruelty/long.html Cruelty and Violence in the Bible]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/inj/long.html Injustice in the Bible]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/int/long.html Intolerance in the Bible]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/fv/long.html Bad Family values]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/women/long.html Bad treatment of women]r
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/sex/long.htm Sex in the Bible]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/lang/long.html Bad Language in the Bible]
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*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/gay/long.htm Depiction of Homosexuality in the Bible]
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==See also==
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* [[History of the Biblical canon]]
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* [[The Brick Testament]]
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* [[Fun facts about the Bible]]
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==External links==
 
*[http://www.biblegateway.com/ An excellent online Bible, searchable in many languages]
 
*[http://www.biblegateway.com/ An excellent online Bible, searchable in many languages]
 
*[http://www.religioustolerance.org/inerran5.htm Biblical inerrancy (freedom of error) as understood by conservative & liberal Protestants]
 
*[http://www.religioustolerance.org/inerran5.htm Biblical inerrancy (freedom of error) as understood by conservative & liberal Protestants]
 
*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/ The Skeptic's Annotated Bible]
 
*[http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/ The Skeptic's Annotated Bible]
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*[http://freespace.virgin.net/graham.lawrence/ The Fallible Gospels]
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*[http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-versions/ Bible Study Tools, learn the history of different bible versions and compare verses]
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Books of the Bible

The Bible is the name used by Jews and Christians for their differing but overlapping canons of sacred texts. The Bible is believed to be the inspired word of God by Christians and Jews alike.

Contents

Composition

The Jewish and Christian Bibles are actually collections of what were originally a number of independent books. The overwhelming majority of Christians refer to the Bible as the combination of Hebrew Scripture, known to Christians as the Old Testament or First Testament; and the New Testament, which describes the life and message of Jesus. For Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox, and some Protestants, the Deuterocanonical books — various writings important in the Second-Temple period of Judaism (often regarded by many Protestants as (or part of the) Apocrypha) — are considered to be part of the Old Testament and as such part of the Bible, although they are rejected by many Protestants and are not in the Hebrew Bible as accepted in modern Judaism. Some books considered deuterocanonical by Orthodox Churches are considered apocryphal by other Orthodox Churches and/or Catholics. For Jews, the term refers only to the Hebrew Bible, also called the Tanakh, which includes the Five Books of Moses (the Torah) as well as the books of the Prophets and Writings. Both Christians and Jews regard the Bible as divinely inspired, with widespread variation on its accuracy, interpretation and legitimacy. Archaeological study has shown that the primary elements the first five books of the Bible, especially Exodus, were around before the Old Testament was. They were found in several unrelated oral traditions around 500 BCE, but the oldest examples of biblical scripture were dated using radiometric dating to have been written between 325 and 125 BCE. The Bible is nowhere near as old as claimed by the majority of Jews and Christians)

Christian perspective

Fundamentalists believe that the Bible is both divinely inspired and inerrant. They claim that every word of the Bible is literally true, except for the parts which are intentionally written as allegories or parables. It is free of contradiction and error. So for example, a Fundamentalist would most likely believe in six-day creation because he believes in the literal truth of Genesis.

Liberal Christians take a more open view of the Bible, often believing that it is "inspired by God" but not inerrant. They may believe that, while the Bible is a good spiritual guide, it is not necessarily meant to be taken literally.

Atheist perspective

Atheists regard the Bible as just a period piece of literature. Its authors may have been sincere when they wrote it, but they were nomadic sheep herders with a narrow perspective on the world. In that sense it is little different than any other ancient text such as The Odyssey: an interesting perspective on the mindset of early cultures, but of questionable accuracy, especially those passages that refer to supernatural events.

The Bible was also written well over a thousand years before the discovery of science, which means that the Bible is nearly irrelevant to any scientific discussion. Not only is the literal story of Genesis completely at odds with modern cosmology, but there are many other scientific errors in the Bible. For instance, there is the Biblical value of pi and the assertion that hares chew their cud.

Contradictions within the Bible

The first two chapters of Genesis contradict each other on the creation of man. Gen 1:26 Man was created on the sixth day. Notice the first 5 days god was busy creating animals and plants. Gen 2:4-7 Man was created right from the start.

External lists

Additional perspectives

There is an excellent resource available at The Skeptic's Annotated Bible.


Unsuitable reading

The Bible contains passages that many people would consider inappropriate for children. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible has topical summaries.

See also

External links


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