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Billy Graham’s Wrestle with the Bible

The following article is excerpted from Just As I Am by Billy Graham with permission from HarperOne/HarperCollins, copyright 2007. By Billy Graham One of God’s hidden stratagems to prepare me for Los Angeles was an engagement I had made for late summer that I was not enthusiastic about keeping. At the end of August, the […]

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Read the Bible with the Jewish Eyes of Jesus: An Interview with Lois Tverberg

Wrinkles and grey hair in the mirror. Rain in the forecast. Gaining a clothing size. Modern Bible readers view all of these as negatives, but in the biblical world, just the opposite would have been true. Old age was an advantage when elders were chosen as leaders, and rain was an occasion for rejoicing in […]

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Emergency Bible Verses: When You Need Them Most

Just as you would call 9-1-1 (in the USA) in a physical emergency, there may be crisis times in your life when you need to be able to quickly “dial” uplifting messages from the Bible to help keep you going. Here’s a brief emergency list of Bible verses on Bible Gateway that may be just […]

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How 66 Books Became the Bible—and Why Some Books Were Left Out

What is the composition of the Bible? How was it created? Who decided which books should be included? Why do Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Bibles differ? This video, produced by the Museum of the Bible, seeks to answer those questions. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, World’s Largest Museum of the Bible Now […]

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How to Encounter God When Reading the Bible: An Interview with Tim Chester

Do we approach the Bible believing that the One who spoke and brought the universe into existence, whose voice thundered from Mount Sinai, and whose words healed the sick is the same God who speaks to us today through Scripture? Are we reading the Bible not merely to learn information about God but to hear […]

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A Tour Through the Bible: An Interview with John Goldingay

Approaching the Bible for the first time can be intimidating. At 66 books, nearly 800,000 words, and numerous kings, prophets, and deliverers, as well as priests and apostles, where should you begin? In what order should you read it? Is there an alternative to reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? [Select the right Bible […]

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Overview of the Bible from 30,000 Feet: An Interview with Skip Heitzig

How does the entire Bible fit together? How do so many individual books connect, despite being written by different people over thousands of years? What does a sweeping aerial overview of the landscape of God’s Word look like? Bible Gateway interviewed Skip Heitzig (@skipheitzig) about his book, The Bible from 30,000 Feet: Soaring Through the […]

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How Has the Bible Shaped Our World?: An Interview with Steve Green

Why is the Bible the bestselling book of all time? Why does it ignite religious debate, social upheaval, and political controversy? How could one ancient book have so much power through the centuries? [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Bible’s Most Outrageous Claims] Bible Gateway interviewed Steve Green (@SteveGreenHL), who, along with his wife […]

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How to Navigate the Bible Gateway Scripture Engagement Section

Do you read the Bible to grow spiritually? Do you read the Bible in order to know God better? J. I. Packer, in his book, Knowing God (InterVarsity Press, 1993), writes that having a relationship with God is our primary purpose. “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in […]

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The Bible’s Most Outrageous Claims

By Steve & Jackie Green (founding family, Museum of the Bible) [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How Has the Bible Shaped Our World?: An Interview with Steve Green] In 2013, a new miniseries ran on cable TV’s History Channel. It was the most watched entertainment program of the entire year on cable. The name […]

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