Title page of a 1611 King James Bible.

The Bible is the name given to a collection of religious texts. The Hebrew Bible, also known by the Hebrew-language name Tanakh, is the primary religious text for Judaism. It is largely identical to the collection of books that is known to Christians as the Old Testament. Together with the New Testament, it forms part of the Christian Bible.

Many different types of texts can be found in the Bible. These include but are not limited to: personal letters, poetry, historical accounts, and prophecies. Since it is a collection of books, the Bible has many subplots which subdivide even further. According to the Bible, its events take place over several thousand years. The central theme of the book is that of humanity's relationship to Yahweh or God.


A recurring theme in the Bible is that of disobedience and its consequences. Groups of people (usually the Israelites) disobey Yahweh. Therefore, Yahweh allows opposing nations to capture and enslave them or allows them to fall under the rule of foreigners. They often turn back to Yahweh, asking for His assistance and thus He sends a rescuer. Often it is expected that the rescuer will be of royal blood but instead Yahweh selects someone from the poorest level of society. From a Christian point of view, the rescuers often serve as a foreshadowing of Jesus, the ultimate rescuer in the New Testament.

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