Friday, January 15, 2010
Faith Tidbit #19
The 66 books of the Bible include representatives of various literary genres. Among them (with examples in parentheses): History (Exodus, 1 & 2 Kings); Wisdom (Proverbs); Hymns (Psalms); Prophecy (Isaiah); Apocalyptic (Revelation, Daniel); Letters (Romans); and Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Of special note are the Gospels, which appear in the New Testament, and recount the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Also of note, the strange literary form of apocalyptic. The genre name comes from the Greek word, apocalupto, meaning I reveal. The Old Testament apocalyptic book of Daniel and the New Testament book of Revelation, are present visions of God's plans for those who trust in Him.