So, the Bible is one of the most influential books of all-time but, what is it exactly? Yeah, some people treat the Bible like a divine behavior manual that dropped out of heaven. Others use it like a theology dictionary, looking to answer all of our questions about God. Others still think of it like a grab bag of spiritual one-liners and inspiring stories. But, here’s the thing: the Bible isn’t written as a rule book or theology dictionary or even as a collection of inspirational writings. Then, what is the Bible? Well, open up the Bible to page 1 and read the opening words. “In the beginning…” Now, turn to the last chapter of the Bible where you can read this: “…and they reigned for ever and ever.” Okay, so the Bible is telling a story from beginning to end. Yeah, it is one epic narrative about how God has appointed humanity as his partners to oversee this amazing world. It is about how we have ruined that partnership and how God is restoring us and our world through Jesus. Okay, one story, but there is a lot going on. Many plots, many characters, all written in many different books. But, once you see how every book has a careful literary design, you won’t get lost. And, you can see how it fits into the overall storyline. There are also important repeated themes that weave through the entire biblical story. Yeah, like the covenants that God makes with people. Or, the hope for a human who will confront evil. Or, how God’s justice will one day make all things right. And every theme culminates in the story of Jesus. There are also a lot of strange words in the Bible. Words we don’t use in normal language. But when we take time to understand them, we discover profound ideas that contribute to the overall biblical story. So, it takes work to know how to read the different types of literature in the Bible. But once you do learn how, you will discover that the Bible is a work of literary genius that can transform how you live and how you think about everything. So, that is what the Bible Project is all about: to help people see the Bible as one unified story that leads to Jesus. We are a non-profit animation studio that makes videos and resources. It is all free to use because of a large group of generous people who have come together to contribute to this project. You can find everything that we are up to at TheBibleProject.com.