What Is the Bible About?

The Bible comprises two sections: the Old Testament, which tells the story of the Jews' migrations and covenants with God, and the New Testament, which tells the story of Jesus Christ. It opens with a description of the beginning of creation in the Book of Genesis and it concludes with a foretelling of its end in the Book of Revelation.

Perhaps most importantly for those who consider the Bible to be holy scripture, it is also about God's laws and guidelines for how His followers should live. In the Old Testament, these include the Ten Commandments, which were related to the Hebrews by Moses. There are also more general directions for everyday life, such as dietary proscriptions, social and legal regulations, the observance of the Sabbath and instructions to make blood sacrifices, circumcise male children and practice tithing.

In the New Testament, Jesus is introduced as the medium for the word of God. Christians believe that the birth of this Messiah was foretold by the earlier Hebrew prophets of the Old Testament. However, the subversive nature of Jesus's teachings, such as claiming to be the son of God, was deemed a threat by the Hebrews, who denounced him. Jesus was executed but later resurrected in confirmation of his claims of divinity. In contrast to the earlier Ten Commandments of the Hebrews, Jesus outlined only two: the love of God and the love of others.