The Bible: 1 or many?

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I want to know, is the Bible one or four?-Yousseff, Morocco.

I am wondering if Yousseff has got a copy of the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. If that is the case, the answer is 'yes and no.' The Bible is one, but it is made up of 66 individual books, yet all talking about God in a remarkably unified and purposeful way. These are made up of the 'Old Testament' (the books written before Christ was born), and the 'New Testament' (the books and letters written about Christ in the years following His death and resurrection).

There is also another way to answer this question. There is only one Bible, but there are many translations. The Bible was originally written in the Hebrew language and Aramaic(Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). All the Bibles in the world, whether in English or in any other language, have been translated from those languages.

Because there are no original manuscripts of the Bible, either Old or New Testament, translators compare the various manuscripts-sometimes of the whole Bible-but, in the case of older manuscripts, often of only parts of the Bible-in order to have as accurate a translation as possible.

Another problem is that some translations, for example the King James Version, are translated into old-fashioned English, and today's young people, especially, find it difficult to understand. So Bibles have been upgraded to modern English, usually from the original Hebrew and Greek, to make them more accurate and more understandable. So we have, for example, the Good News Bible, the New International Version, and many others. If one is trying to understand truth, it is good to compare versions.

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