Beginner’s Guide to Reading the Bible – Part 5

When you choose a Bible, it is definitely worth getting one that has a margin with cross-references. These are references to other parts of the Bible, normally in abbreviated form (like Mat. 2:5) and sometimes appear down the centre of the page, and sometimes at the bottom. These marvellous tools point out where other verses are…

Beginner’s Guide to Reading the Bible – Part 4

If you wanted to go into a shop and buy a Bible (and please do, by the way!) you need to make a choice about which version, or translation, you would like. This is because the Bible was not originally written in English, but instead Hebrew and Greek. Assuming you can’t read those original languages,…

Why Two Testaments?

Have you ever wondered why the Bible has two testaments? A testament is an agreement between two parties. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible are solemn promises that God has made. Peter calls them, “exceedingly great and precious promises,” (2 Peter 1v4). The Old Testament was written mainly in Hebrew between around 1500…

Where does it say that?

It’s very useful to be able to quickly find key verses in the Bible, especially when we’re trying to determine what it teaches about various things. A concordance is a very useful study tool because it lists every word in the Bible and where it appears. So if we want to find every reference to…