The Holy Bible – The History of the Bible

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Psalm 119:16 (NIV)
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.


shakach; to lay aside, to forget, to take for granted or neglect.


John 1:1-2 (NIV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.


Historical Timeline

1400 – 1500 BC: God wrote the 10 Commandments in ancient Hebrew on stone.

500 BC: 39 books that make up the Old Testament were completed and preserved in Hebrew on scrolls.

First Century AD: New Testament had been completed and was preserved in Greek on papyrus.

393 AD: Synod of Hippo officially approved the New Testament for the entire Church.

500 AD: Bible had been translated into over 500 languages.

600 AD: Bible was restricted to only Latin. All other versions were considered illegal.

400-1400 AD: Known as the “Dark Ages.”

500’s – 1300’s: Secret Bible society made up of the “Culdees” continued to study God’s word.

1380: John Wycliffe (often called the Morningstar of the Reformation) translated the Bible into English.

1415: John Hus burned at the stake for his stance for the Bible. Wycliffe’s bibles used to start the fire.

1517: Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Thesis on the church door at the church in Wittenberg.

1526:  William Tyndale printed the first English Bible.

1536: Tyndale was incarcerated before he was strangled and burned at the stake. Before dying, Tyndale prayed, “Oh Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”.

1539: King Henry VIII finally allowed (and even funded) the printing of an English Bible.



Psalm 119:16 (NIV)
I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.


3 Goals for this Series:


  1. LOVE the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


  1. LEARN the Word of God

Matthew 7:24 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”


  1. LIVE the Word of God.

Psalm 119:9-11 (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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