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Miraculous Nature of the Bible

The miraculous nature of the Bible was described by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:

"It is a miracle that the Bible's 4,000 years of sacred and secular history were recorded and preserved by the prophets, apostles, and inspired churchmen.

"It is a miracle that we have the Bible's powerful doctrine, principles, poetry, and stories. But most of all, it is a wonderful miracle that we have the account of the life, ministry, and words of Jesus, which was protected through the Dark Ages and through the conflicts of countless generations so that we may have it today.

"It is a miracle that the Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned men's hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, and to search to find their Savior. "The Holy Bible is well named. It is holy because it teaches truth, holy because it warms us with its spirit, holy because it teaches us to know God and understand His dealings with men, and holy because it testifies throughout its pages of the Lord Jesus Christ" ("The Miracle of the Holy Bible," Ensign or Liahona, May 2007, 80).

1. What is the complete title of the Bible?

2. What is the origin of the King James Version?

3. By what titles did the translators of the Bible address King James?

4. Why did the translators pay King James this tribute?

5. How many books are in the New Testament in the Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Version of the Bible?

6. List the five study aids in the Appendix.

7. What is the Bible?

8. What is meant by the word bible?

9. Who originally wrote the various books in the Bible?

10. What are the two great divisions of the Christian Bible?

11. In what languages was most of the New Testament originally written?

12. What does the word testament mean in Hebrew?

13. What is the Old Covenant?

14. What is the New Covenant?

15. How many books are in the Latter-day Saint Edition of the King James Version of the Bible?

16. What three kinds of evidence determine the text of the New Testament?

17. What is the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the Bible?

18. What did Joseph Smith teach concerning the Bible?

19. What has the Lord given us to sustain, support, and verify the Bible?

20. To whom does the "honor of making the first translation of the Bible into English from the languages in which it was originally written" belong?

21. What happened to him in 1536? Why?

22. How many years were required to translate the "Authorized Version"?

23. What did canon originally mean in Greek?

24. What is canon used to mean now?

25. What do we learn from modern revelation about the preservation of the books of the Bible?

26. How did the Gospels come into being?

27. What was the primary purpose of the epistles?

28. List three rules that were used to determine the validity of certain writings as scripture.

29. When and how will additions be made to the current collection of scripture?

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