The How We Got Our Bible course provides more than an introduction to church history. It helps people ask the key questions Christians have faced over two millennia—and provides answers for those questions for today.
Discerning What Is Scripture
The Bible contains four accounts of Jesus' life, but Christians in the first few centuries knew of at least fifty. Sorting out which books were authoritative was sometimes a controversial process.
Jerome and the Latin Vulgate
His translation of the Bible into Latin stood for a millennium and set a standard for future translations.
The Bible and the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, art, architecture, and drama brought the stories and truths of Scripture to a non-reading public.
This fourteenth-century English theologian is called the "Morning Star of the Reformation" for his vision to see the church reformed and the Bible translated into the language of the people.
Defying the king and the church, Tyndale lived and died to give the Bible to the people.
The King James Bible and Modern Translations
The nineteenth and twentieth centuries have brought an unprecedented proliferation of English translations of the Bible, but none has made more impact than the King James Version.
Conclusion: What the Bible's History Teaches Us
Each session begins with a Key Question and several paragraphs of context. This tells you what the session is about.
Next, the Preparation section tells you what is included in each session. Most sessions use articles from the award-winning Christian History magazine—and they're included FREE with your lesson. Other sessions provide a short reading or handouts you can photocopy for the group.
The Class section guides you through the study in four steps: Opening, Historical Setting, Application, and Closing.