What is the world’s all time, best-selling book? Year 4 thought it might be Harry Potter, The BFG, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Demon Dentist! They were all wrong!! They also thought about the following questions: Which book has been translated into over 2000 different languages? Which book was first printed in 1454? Which book is made up of 66 smaller books and has various authors? Finally, they got the correct answer - The Bible.
The Bible is separated into 2 parts: The Old and the New Testament. The word Testament means "covenant" or "contract". The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation, and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.
Moses is the single author who contributed the most books to the Old Testament part of the Bible. He wrote the first 5 books, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible. The Apostle, Paul, is the single author who contributed the most books to the New Testament. He wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.
The Bible was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ). Year 4 are investigating the Bible in detail. They have looked at many different types of Bibles, including children’s Bibles, prayer books and large print versions. They are looking at the different books within it and why some are special, like Psalms which is often known as the book of ‘songs’. They are also finding out about some of the famous characters and ‘celebrities’ of the Bible including Goliath, the biggest villain, Zaccheus, the tax collector who became Jesus’ friend, Hannah, who was given a special son Samuel, from God, and Judas, who betrayed Jesus.