By Donald Ryan
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Next page > < previous page page_xxv next page > Page xxv By the Way Throughout the book you'll find little boxes, or sidebars. These contain explanations, elaborations, or additional facts or quotes. < previous page page_xxv If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_xxvi next page > Page xxvi Some Bible Notes The Bible has been translated into English many different times. New discoveries and varying interpretations have produced a number of different ways of presenting the same text.
Previous page page_xxvi If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_1 next page > Page 1 PART 1 LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS Before launching into a consideration of the many mysteries of the Bible, it's a good idea to know a little about the Book itself. What's in it? Who wrote it? How did it come to be? Are its claims true? And finally, how do you go about examining its contents? In this section we'll look briefly at these questions, and you'll see that the mysteries of the Bible start fairly early on.
The Hebrew Bible is held sacred by 15 million Jews as well as over a billion Christians, who have added additional Scriptures to the volume. Although one billion Muslims view their special book, the Koran (Qur'an), as the ultimate word of God, they revere the Bible as a source of earlier divine revelations. Apart from being the most printed book in the world, the Bible is also the most studied. For centuries, theologians and other scholars, and the average humanoid, have continually studied the Bible in order to ferret out its mysteries and meanings.