“And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? . . . Do [the Gentiles] remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?” – 2 Nephi 12:27-29 RAV, 29:4b-d OPV
The Holy Bible is a collection of the oldest of God’s words to mankind. It consists of the writings of the ancient Jews, including the Christian Jews that followed Christ and their message to the gentiles. “Bible” is a plural Greek word meaning “Books.”
The Bible is the most accepted collection of holy books used by Christians throughout the world. It has been compiled over time by a variety of groups. While there are a number of books commonly accepted, there are also writings that are only accepted by some Christians, but not all. Any translation may be used by those in the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship, and we accept all of the books of the Bible canonized by the original Church of Christ in 1830. Theses books are divided up into the Tanakh (pre-Christ), the Apocrypha (pre-Christ) and the Testament (the life of Christ and beyond).
The Tanakh consists of the Teachings (Torah), the Prophets – major and minor (Nevi’im), and the Writings (Ketuvim). The Torah is a collections of the books of Moses. The Prophets is a collection of the the writings of other Old Testament Prophets. The Writings contain stories of God’s people before Christ’s birth.
The Apocrypha are writings that are left out of some versions of the Bible, but the Lord told Joseph Smith they were worth, that “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom” (LDS D&C 91: 5,). Also included will be the Book of Abraham and the portions of the Book of Enoch given us by Joseph Smith Jr.
The New Testament consists of the Gospels & Acts, the Epistles, and the Revelations of St. John. While there is no way of proving any of these books as “authentic,” the Spirit testifies of Christ to us through them, and thus they are Scripture.