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Monday, May 20, 2013

An Agglomeration of Books or One Book?

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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An Agglomeration of Books or One Book?

The word, Bible, is derived from the Greek, ‘Biblion,’ which imports the meaning, ‘An agglomeration of books,’ or in other words, a library of books.

Although it is a collection of books it is referred to in singular form - the Bible - as if it is only one book, which of course, would seem paradoxical in the first sense, and the reader would be exculpated from this paradox when he/she understands the essence of each book within it.

Relying upon the common notion that the first five books, namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, dominantly known as ‘Pentateuch’ or ‘Tora’ according to Jews, were authored by Moses, the great liberator of Israelites from the Egyptian bondage around 1400 BC and the last book namely, Revelation was authored by St. John, the beloved Apostle of Jesus Christ, around 100 AD, thus covering a span of 1500 years from first to last book and covering more than 40 different authors from different regions at different times and backgrounds.

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