The Books of the Bible
Why Are You Messing With My Bible?
We didn't mess with your Bible, they did! In 200 BC a Greek translation of the Bible split whole books into sections so that they could fit it all on one scroll. The order of the books was changed as well, sometimes from longest to shortest. In the 13th Century, the books were divided into chapter, and in the 1500's verse numbers were added. To make the text fit more easily onto pages, the text was then split into 2 columns. The last additions included notes and commentary at the bottom, section headings, and even red letters as they became popular. What are we left with? A reference book instead of a love letter.
The Books of the Bible, by Biblica, aims to put the Bible back in the form each author intended so that we can read it the same way that it was written. The first thing Biblica adjusted was the order of the books by placing them in a better historical order. Next, they put books that had been split, like 1 and 2 Kings, back together. They then took away notes, commentary, section headings, chapter and verse numbers, and 2-columns of text on each page. Biblica named this new Bible, The Books of the Bible -- a Bible so innovative that it was there from the start. Not convinced? Click here to try it for free.
Why read in community?
Usually, people read the Bible in isolation which can lead to readers becoming confused, taking verses out of context, and missing out on the big picture. But by reading the Bible in community, not only will you read the entire New Testament in 8-weeks, but you will also be growing deeper in your faith together as a group. Axis highly recommends participating in the Community Bible Experience because we have done it ourselves and know that it works. Not only does our staff more naturally discuss the Bible daily, but we also meet together and talk through issues that have come up in the text. We really believe that the Community Bible Experience could transform your family, school, or church, and we hope that you will try it out.
The Community Bible Experience is great for Sunday school classes, youth groups, Bible classes, and small groups, but the main place that CBE could be most effective is in the family. Think about how great it would be for a father and mother to lead their children through the Bible. What's great about CBE is that it only requires one one-hour meeting each week to discuss what everyone read over the past six days (CBE even provides the five simple questions to ask each week). The rest of the time commitment is up to the individual as each person commits to reading 10 pages a day on their own. Consider leading a group through the Community Bible Experience -- you can order the Books of the Bible by clicking on the link below.