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Why isn't the Gospel of Thomas in the Bible? - Matt Skinner

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What is the Gospel of Thomas about?
The Gospel of Thomas isn’t really “about” anything. Well, it isn’t and it is. That’s because the Gospel of Thomas doesn’t tell a story. It’s a collection -- a list -- of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, many just a sentence or two in length. The sayings usually don’t refer to any narrated action. The book therefore lacks a sense of plot or development, and it has no discussion of Jesus’ deeds, death, or resurrection,

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How is the Bible Organized? - Karoline Lewis

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Well, it depends on whose Bible you are talking about.

If you are a mainline Protestant, that is, not Roman Catholic, your Bible is made up of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Old Testament is organized into four parts: the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Writings, and the Prophets.

  • The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. You may also hear it referred to as the Torah.
  • The Historical Books

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Bible Reading Tip: Why are there chapter and verse numbers?

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Genesis 1: In the beginning (Creative Commons image by Lizzie Pridmore on Flickr)4First, a Little Exercise

5Think of a favorite Bible verse (for example, my theme verse is Psalm 94:8: Understand, O dullest of the people). 6Add the numbers together (example: 94+8=102). 7Multiply them by two, for the two testaments in the Bible (102x2 =204). 8Substract 66 for the number of books in the Bible (204-66=138). 9Take the square root, just because it is fun (11.74). 10You know what it means?

11ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

12This little exercise is, like my high-school attempts at romance, an

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What Is the Bible? - David Lose

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Multiple Choices

I’ll give you four choices:

The Bible is…

A. A supernatural book that fell from heaven and is different from every other book.

B. A seriously weird rule book for the stark and somber among us.

C. A divine reference book with the answers to all of life’s problems.

D. A little too much like your grandmother’s scrapbook for comfort.

And the answer is…well, believe it or not, D! But we’ll get to that. The great – and tricky – thing

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About the Bible Q&A Blog

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Are there questions about the Bible that you’re afraid to ask? Well, maybe you aren’t afraid, but you have a friend, or a friend of a friend, who has some questions he’d rather not share publicly just yet.

This is the place for you, because here we’re interested in questions about the Bible. We’re especially interested in questions that stick their noses into the Bible’s business — asking about  where it came from, what it means, and what it is

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