HOME BIBLE STUDY #1 - Biblical Authority, Revelation and Inspiration, and Canon

Introduction - Foundational Principles of Bible Study

God created man in His own image, giving mankind the ability to communicate and reason for the purpose of communing with God. In order to communicate, God established language and the ability for rationale thought. God communicates to us via this same language. The Bible is God’s word to mankind, and is in fact the history of God’s intervention into the affairs of mankind for the purpose of reestablishing communion with himself as originally intended through the process of redemption, which is the primary theme throughout both the Old and New Testaments. If the Bible is God’s word to us, there are some foundational truths that we can discuss which will provide a framework for our study of God’s word. Looking at these principles will be the purpose of study #1.

Biblical Context

Biblical Authority

Revelation and Inspiration

Clarity and Sufficiency

Canon (lit. “rule, standard, or norm”)

Homework in Preparation of Bible Study #2

Without using the index in the front of your Bible, page through the entire Bible and try to write down all of the books of the Bible, for example, Genesis is the first book and Revelation is the last. Depending on your translation, you may have different titles for some of the books. Using most available translations you will have a total of 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. If you use the Catholic Bible, you will also have a slightly different divisions in some of the books and a different number of books overall.

Old Testament Books New Testament Books



Should you wish to take extra time, read the first couple of paragraphs, verses, chapters (?) of each of the books to get a feel for its content.

Ref: BIBLE_1 Date: 11/25/00 Page 5 of 4.