Beginnings: Sacred Stories Become Scripture
Each generation of Christians discovers the Bible as Scripture. The English word Scripture comes from the Latin word which means "to write." Scripture is a collection of documents that speaks to the relationship between God and humanity and is shaped by a religious community.
In the case of the Bible, these documents have been preserved and interpreted within the ongoing life of the religious community for thousands of years.
Before the Bible was written, it was spoken. The stories were told and passed on within the community.
Even after the earliest Scriptures were written down, they were still read out loud in community. Individuals were encouraged to memorize large portions of scriptures as a means of creating a strong sense of identity and preserving the traditions.
"We are the inheritors of both the ancient Scriptures and the centuries of interpretation they have inspired.
We hear the Bible;
1. The Old Testament was formed over a long time.
2. Can you imagine a world without a printed Bible?
3. Does your family have a family Bible? How many generations are recorded in it? Do you remember your first Bible? Did you purchase it or did a person(s) give it to you? How old were you when you received it? What did the Bible mean to you then and now?