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The Whole Bible Story

The Whole Bible Story

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An excerpt from The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by Dr. William H. Marty, published by Bethany House Publishers

A Bible Story Book for Grown-ups

The Bible tells a story. It's a beautiful account of God's love for people throughout history. The events told in the Bible are exciting, tender, and at times awe-inspiring, but often the story can get lost among the laws, genealogies, prophecies, poetry, and instructions. Sometimes we need to get back to what happens in the Bible, focusing on the plot and the characters.

Here, Dr. William Marty retells the entire story in the Bible in one easy-to-read, chronological account. All the stories you remember from childhood--Noah, David, Esther, Daniel, and, of course, Jesus--are part of one grand narrative. And it's the page-turning story of God's pursuit of you--one you'll want to read again and again.
An excerpt from The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by Dr. William H. Marty, published by Bethany House Publishers

A Bible Story Book for Grown-ups

The Bible tells a story. It's a beautiful account of God's love for people throughout history. The events told in the Bible are exciting, tender, and at times awe-inspiring, but often the story can get lost among the laws, genealogies, prophecies, poetry, and instructions. Sometimes we need to get back to what happens in the Bible, focusing on the plot and the characters.

Here, Dr. William Marty retells the entire story in the Bible in one easy-to-read, chronological account. All the stories you remember from childhood--Noah, David, Esther, Daniel, and, of course, Jesus--are part of one grand narrative. And it's the page-turning story of God's pursuit of you--one you'll want to read again and again.

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Feb 16, 2011
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Introduction
A friend recently asked me for a Bible. Knowing that she didn’t knowanything about it, I gave her a study Bible.She opened it and flipped through a few pages, then looked upwith a bewildered expression and asked, “How do I read this? Wheredo I start? What’s in it?”I gave her a brief explanation and wrote down some of the biblicalbooks she should start with, but I realized she needed more help than just this.
Simply reading the Bible from cover to cover is a daunting task. The
Bible is long—sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation—and it canbe difficult to follow the storyline because the books are not recordedin chronological order.Another challenge is content. The Bible is written in a variety of literary forms. In addition to historical narrative, there is poetry, law,
prophecy, and parable. Epistles (letters) make up almost half of the
New Testament.Many of the Old Testament’s prophetical books, plus Revelation,are what we call apocalyptic literature. This type of writing describescatastrophic events associated with the end of time in vivid and bizarreimagery. For someone first attempting to read the Bible, this all canbe very confusing.When you write a book, editors want you to be able to state itspurpose in a sentence or two. Heres my attempt:
The purpose of this bookis to tell the story of the Bible.
 
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It is not a paraphrase of the Bible’s sixty-six books, and it is not
intended to replace Bible reading. My hope is that it will motivate
people to read the Bible.This book skips important information. It is an effort to synthesizethe storyline of the Old and New Testaments minus the laws, messages(sermons), prophecies, and parables (stories). It does not include OldTestament poetry (wisdom literature) and prophecy, and it does notinclude the New Testament Epistles.It is not a direct translation of the Bible; instead, it tells the story inplain, simple English. With very little commentary, I’m trying to givejust the facts”—to tell the story as it is recorded.One thing to keep in mind: Just because an event is recorded inthe Bible does not mean God approves of it. The nature of historicalnarrative is to record what happened. The writers of Scripture assumethe reader will look at events from God’s perspective.I need to warn you up front, also, that reading the Bible will change you. It’s not like reading other books. The Bible compels you to becomea participant in the story.Simply put, the Bible is about God. It tells the true story of cre-ation from his perspective. It is about God revealing himself to menand women who are in some respects like him, and who were made tohave a relationship with him.As you read you will discover that God has a plan for you and for all of creation. Though that plan has been corrupted by failure, Godhas not abandoned us. Those who enter into his story can experiencewhat it means to enjoy life both now and forever.
Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament books, called the story
of the Bible “good news.” In the book of Romans he wrote, “I am notashamed of the good news, because it is the power of God for savingeveryone who believes the wonderful message of God’s love that hasbeen made known in Jesus Christ.”I hope this book not only helps and encourages you to read theBible but also convinces you to join in God’s story, which is also your story.

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