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The Bible (from Greek τὰ βιβλία ta biblia "the books") is a collection of sacred scripture of both Judaism and Christianity. There is no single version; both the individual books (Biblical canon) and their order vary between denominations. The Jewish Tanakh divides the Hebrew Bible into 24 books, while the same texts are usually arranged as 39 books in Christian Old Testaments. Complete Christian Bibles range from the 66 books of the Protestant canon to the 81 books in the Ethiopian Orthodox Bible.

The Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, is divided into three parts: (1) the five books of the Torah ("teaching" or "law") comprise the origins of the Israelite nation, its laws and its covenant with the God of Israel; (2) the Nevi'im ("prophets") containing the historic account of ancient Israel and Judah plus works of prophecy; and (3) the Ketuvim ("writings"), poetic and philosophical works such as the Psalms and the Book of Job.

The Christian Bible is divided into two parts. The first is called the Old Testament, containing the 39 books of Hebrew Scripture, and the second portion is called the New Testament, containing a set of 27 books. Christian Bibles include the books of the Hebrew Bible, but arranged in a different order: Jewish Scripture ends with the people of Israel restored to Jerusalem and the temple and the Christian arrangement ends with the book of the prophet Malachi.

The oldest surviving Christian Bibles are Greek manuscripts from the 4th century; the oldest complete Jewish Bible is a Greek translation, also dating to the 4th century. The oldest complete manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (the Masoretic text) date from the Middle Ages.

During the three centuries following the establishment of Christianity in the 1st century, Church Fathers compiled Gospel accounts and letters of apostles into a Christian Bible which became known as the New Testament. The Old and New Testaments together are commonly referred to as "The Holy Bible" (τὰ βιβλία τὰ ἅγια). The canonical composition of the Old Testament is under dispute between Christian groups: Protestants hold only the books of the Hebrew Bible to be canonical; Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox additionally consider the deuterocanonical books, a group of Jewish books, to be canonical. The New Testament is composed of the Gospels ("good news"), the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles (letters), and the Book of Revelation.

If counted as a single book, the Bible is the best-selling book in history with approximate sales estimates ranging in the billions.
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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Probably the most read book in the world with the most editions. This is one book I can say my thoughts on it changed as much as I have changed
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
very heavy reading, if your into begating
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Best book I've ever read. Changed my life. Saved my life. Teaches me to live for others first, myself second. Thank GOD!!!! Whether I doubt it or not, I can't argue it got me off drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, adultery, and taught me how to love not lust, give not need, serve not self.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Not 1 book, this is actually 66 books. All very different. All very much the same. Creation to revelation, who we are and what we are. Often misquoted by the misguided, and misunderstood by the foolish.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
without a doubt the best book ever written
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
pretty decent myths... doesn't hold up to practice, just like all myths! oh, lol, how future generations will laugh at our holy bible just as we scoff at their mt. olympus and aztec temples!
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I'm biased toward it for reasons that should be obvious, but in any case I feel it's fantastic literature.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
The LORD God is a sun and yield. The LORD causes devastation and suffering. Think about it. Who do you pray to?
Quick Tip by . May 04, 2010
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