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36 Facts About Bible
Believers in the Bible generally consider it to be a product of divine inspiration, while understanding what that means and interpreting the text in various ways.
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The Bible is currently translated or being translated into about half of the world's languages.
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Bible is not a single book; it is a collection of books whose complex development is not completely understood.
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The Bible was written and compiled by many people, most of whom are unknown, from a variety of disparate cultures.
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Books of the Bible were initially written and copied by hand on papyrus scrolls.
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Medieval handwritten manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible were considered extremely precise: the most authoritative documents from which to copy other texts.
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The Bible teaches the nature of valid arguments, the nature and power of language, and its relation to reality.
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Authoritative Hebrew Bible is taken from the masoretic text which dates from 1008.
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Ethiopian Bible is not based on the Greek Bible, and the Ethiopian Church has a slightly different understanding of canon than other Christian traditions.
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Some denominations have additional canonical texts beyond the Bible, including the Standard Works of the Latter Day Saints movement and Divine Principle in the Unification Church.
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Therefore, editions of the Bible intended for use in the Lutheran Church and Anglican Church include the fourteen books of the Apocrypha, many of which are the deuterocanonical books accepted by the Catholic Church, plus 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh, which were in the Vulgate appendix.
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The term "New Testament" came into use in the second century during a controversy over whether the Hebrew Bible should be included with the Christian writings as sacred scripture.
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Bible is one of the world's most published books, with estimated total sales of over five billion copies.
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The Bible neither calls for nor condemns slavery outright, but there are verses that address dealing with it, and these verses have been used to support it.
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The Bible reflects how perceptions of violence changed for its authors.
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Bible has been used to support and oppose political power.
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The Bible has, in turn, been the source of many peace movements around the world and efforts at reconciliation.
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Bible has many rituals of purification which speak of clean and unclean in both literal and metaphorical terms.
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When sacred stories, such as those that form the narrative base of the first five books of the Bible, were performed, "not a syllable [could] be changed in order to ensure the magical power of the words to 'presentify' the divine".
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The Wycliffite Bible, which is "one of the most significant in the development of a written standard", dates from the late Middle English period.
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One broad division includes biblical maximalism which generally takes the view that most of the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible is based on history although it is presented through the religious viewpoint of its time.
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The Bible is no longer thought of solely as a religious artifact, and its interpretation is no longer restricted to the community of believers.
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Bible used by Abraham Lincoln for his oath of office during his first inauguration in 1861.
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