13 crucial ways to tell the Bible apart from other religious texts


12. Several genres to engage all of humanity

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The Bible is written in a variety of genres, which makes a central message even more compelling and unusual. Storytelling is essential to the Bible. The stories are detailed, but the characters are imperfect and relatable. Biblical accounts take many forms: stories, personal letters, genealogies, parables, songs, and eyewitness accounts.

In addition, various genres testify to the importance of the message – God wanted to make sure that everyone could learn in a way that made sense to him. Writers therefore use the following genres: letters, genealogies, parables, eyewitness accounts, poetry, prophecies, songs and prayers. (Hebrews 1: 1-3)

13. Most read and published of all time

The Bible is the most widely read and published book of all time. The King James version of the Bible alone is the second most read book of all time, after the Quran. Take all other versions of the Bible into account and you have an international bestseller that has been culturally relevant and necessary for thousands of years. It’s impressive.

The only way to truly understand and appreciate the Bible is to read it for yourself. The Bible has been translated into over 2,000 languages. English speakers have the luxury of choosing from over 200 versions. Find a version that you like and understand. Then start reading it.

This is the only way to know what the Bible actually says and doesn’t say.

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Sue Schlesman is an award-winning author, speaker, blogger, teacher and pastor’s wife. His second book, Soulspeak: Praying for change in unexpected places, won a Selah Award in 2020. Sue holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Theology and Culture. She has the passion to travel the world and to love others in the body of Christ. You can find his writings on life, education and relationships at sueschlesman.com.


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