The 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.