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David Underwood

 

The (King James) Bible itself is composed of 39 books in the old testament and 27 in the new. These being divided topically into:  

 

The Torah (Pentateuch) - 5

Historical Books - 12

Wisdom Literature - 5

The Major Prophets - 5

The Minor Prophets - 12

The Apostolic Gospels & Acts - 5

The Epistles - 21

Apocalyptic - 1  

 

**Notice the symmetry of 5-12-5, 5-12-5 capped off at the end of the age by the book of Revelation. Notice also the propensity of the number 7 throughout the structure. For example, the difference between 12 and 5, in 4 sections, the number of epistles that are perfectly divisible by 7, leaving the Apocalyptic book of Revelation as the odd one out. Again there are 7 major topics, if we leave the odd book of Revelation out. There is an integral mathematical symmetry and design through out the whole Bible as a collection, that is truly mind blowing (revealed to this author circa October 2014).** This permeates through the Hebrew, Aramaic and the Koine Greek language Bible. Jehovah thus proves his Word through mathematical complexity which even the most powerful computers in the world would not be able to calculate if they were millions of times more powerful. Take note that chapters and verses were not instituted till the 5th century for the New Testament.   

 

Roman Catholic Bibles have 73 books, 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Protestant Bibles have 66 books with only 39 in the Old Testament. The books removed from the Protestant Bibles are Tobit, Judith, Baruch, Wisdom, Sirach, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and parts of Esther and Daniel. They are called the 'Deuterocanonicals' by Catholics and 'Apocrypha' by Protestants. Martin Luther removed those seven books and placed them in an appendix during the reformation.  

 

Hellenistic Greek was the language du jour during the time of Christ. This was due to the fact that Alexander the Great had conquered the region several hundred years before. We infer that Christ was fluent in Hebrew and Aramaic (since fluency in these languages were needed to read the Torah in the Temple) as well as Hellenistic Greek.  

 

The Hebrew language was on its way out, and there was a critical need for a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament for dispersed Greek speaking Iverites. This translation, called the Septuagint, or LXX, was completed by Judaistic scholars in about 148 B.C. and it had all of the books, including the seven removed by Martin Luther over 1650 years later. The New Testament has about 350 references to Old Testament verses. By careful examination, scholars have determined that 300 of these are from the Septuagint and the rest are from the Hebrew Old Testament. They have shown that Yeshua Christos Himself, quoted from the Septuagint. Early Christians used the Septuagint to support Christian teachings.

 

For the first 300 years of Christianity, there was no Bible as we know it today. Christians had the Old Testament Septuagint, and literally hundreds of other books from which to choose. The Catholic Church realized early on that she had to decide which of these books were inspired and which ones weren't. In concurrence with the opinion of St. Augustine, Pope St. Damasus I, at the Council of Rome in 382, issued a decree appropriately called, "The Decree of Damasus", in which he listed the canonical books of both the Old and New Testaments. He then asked St. Jerome to use this canon and to write a new Bible translation which included an Old Testament of 46 books, which were all in the Septuagint, and a New Testament of 27 books.  

 

a) Is Jesus' name actually mentioned in the Old Testament?: 

 

Weblinks - The Origins Of His NameWikipedia Definition

 

b) Mystical Biblical Mathematics

 

Weblink - The Amazing First Verse Of The Bible

 

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The Truth About The Bible - The Framework by David Underwood is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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