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The Bible

T

he Bible is the most widely read, translated, discussed, loved (and sometimes hated) book in the world.

It can be glorious, hopeful encouraging – in places it can seem dark, troubling and patriarchal.

Really, it is not so much a book as a library, having been written by a series of authors over a period of at least 2000 years, and compiled into its final form in the 500s AD.  Despite the things that can be off-putting about it, it contains a coherent story about God who has created human life on this planet, who cares for it, and wants to develop a relationship with human beings.


The big story of the Bible includes at its heart the life and development of Israel – the original Jewish tribes and nation, and then the story of Jesus  (The New Testament).


The only way to get to grips with the Bible is to read it.  However, a really helpful way of beginning to understand something about this enormous and fascinating (though often forbidding-looking) book is to visit the website ‘The Bible Project‘.  The Bible Project has short animated videos for grown-ups, which very clearly and succinctly summarize different book so the Bible in a clear, entertaining, introductory way.  Again if you want to know more about it, do get in touch with the vicar, or consider joining a Bible study group.


We use the NRSV translation in our worship. An online passage browser for this version can be found at Oremus. More details of the paper version of this bible can be found here.