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Category Archives: Introduction to the Bible

Does the Bible Make You Squeamish, Skeptical, and Uncertain?: An Interview with Michael and Lauren McAfee

Do you see the Bible as intolerant, outdated, out of step with societal norms at best, and a tool of oppression at worst? What if you cleared the deck on your preconceptions of this book and encountered it anew? What if you came with the understanding that your questions are welcome? And what if you […]

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[Infographic] See How the Bible Fits Together: An Interview with Tim Challies and Josh Byers

Do you view the Bible as dated, obsolete, and irrelevant to your daily life? Or are you intimidated by the Bible and find it difficult to read? Or do you have difficulty seeing how different parts of the Bible fit together? Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Challies (@challies) and Josh Byers (@joshbyers), authors of the book […]

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A Study Bible that Weaves God’s Story Together for an Unraveling World

While the Bible is a collection of separate books and letters written over hundreds of years by multiple authors in different languages, it nevertheless presents one cohesive story of one majestic God from Genesis to Revelation. The new Storyline Bible (Zondervan, 2019), which uses the New International Version (NIV) Bible translation (@NIVBible), displays the big […]

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How Long Does It Really Take to Read the Bible?

by Chance Faulkner If you’re like me, you may often make excuses for not reading Scripture, the most common of which is “there’s not enough time!” But the reality is that there is enough time. We fill our schedules with other priorities while we neglect God’s Word. [Select a Bible Gateway Bible reading plan that’s […]

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How to Read the Bible in the Order of Events as They Transpired in Bible Times: An Interview with Ron Rhodes

When you read different books of the Bible, do you get confused about the order of events; for example, how the message of a prophet in one book fits into the timeline of activity recorded in another book? Or when and where the stories of Scripture took place and why it’s important to understand these […]

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Learn More About the Genealogy of Jesus this Christmas

See the Fulfillment of God’s Covenant in the Names of a Family Tree From the first chapter of Matthew, the New Testament displays how God keeps the covenants he gives to his people throughout the Old Testament. Matthew 1:1-17 lists the incredible genealogy that stretches from Abraham to the Messiah, outlining the long and breathtakingly […]

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Are Verses Missing from Modern Bible Translations?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that modern English Bible translations have fewer verses in them than vintage English Bible translations such as the King James Version (KJV) and Geneva Bible. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Lord’s Prayer is Revolutionary: An Interview with R. Albert Mohler Jr.] For example: Matthew 6:13 in the KJV concludes the […]

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How to Understand the Bible in 1 Month: An Interview with Max Anders

When considering the Bible, do you confuse the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah? Or mix up Jericho with Jeroboam? Do you think Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife? Do you know how the Old Testament is different from the New Testament, but how they tell the same story? Do you […]

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How to Live the Bible — Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible

This is the forty-third lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Life and Light Books If […]

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Now You Can Read the Bible in One Hour: An Interview with Philip Law

Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, Jacob and the stairway to heaven, Joseph and his brothers, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Jonah and the big fish: the Bible is full of dramatic stories that have made it the world’s bestselling book, and yet few people ever get around to reading it from cover […]

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