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 29: 4, LDS edition
The Bible is a collection of the oldest of God’s word and the most acceptable books by Christians throughout the world. It has been compiled over time by a variety of groups and thus while there are a number of books commonly accepted, there are also writings that are only accepted by some Christians, but not all. While there is no way of proving any of the books of the Bible as “authentic,” the Spirit testifies of Christ to us through them, and thus they are Scripture. We are attempting to be as complete as possible in our collection so that readers may determine for themselves what the Lord has to say to them.
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible 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.” Theses books are divided up into the Tanakh (pre-Christ), the Apocrypha (pre-Christ) and the Testament (the life of Christ and beyond).
THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Old Testament or 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 is a collection of writings that are left out of some versions of the Bible. The Lord told Joseph Smith they were worth, that “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom” (DaC 88:1d CoC, 91:5 LdS). Also included will be the Book of Abraham. This is because not all Latter Day Saint denominations have canonized this work of scripture due to the controversies around the translation.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
The New Testament consists of the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelations or Apocalypses. The Gospels tell the story of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. The Acts continue the story as the Apostles preach the Savior's Good News, and their Epistles, or letters, give us a hint of their teachings. The Revelations or Apocalypses are their prophecies as to the Second Coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ.