Introduction

of them. The Bible translation generally used in these studies is the Authorized Version. However, where there is any unclarity in the rendering, other versions are quoted: The Revised Version (R.V.), Revised Standard Version (R.S.V.), Revised Authorized Version (R.A.V.) and New International Version (N.I.V.).

There are many people who ought to be thanked for their help in producing this book; I am particularly indebted to Clive Rivers for the masterly series of photographs he has contributed, and to those who have commented on the drafts. However, my main debt lies with the hundreds of people in Africa, the West Indies, the Philippines and Eastern Europe, whose searching questions and thirst for truth have forced me to think through these Bible Basics time and again. Their beauty and strength only increases by being viewed from so many different angles. In crowded taxis, on open trucks and lorries, in sedate conference rooms to sweltering hotel balconies and starlit bush villages, these topics have been discussed, argued over and enthused about with Bible students from all walks of life. My Christadelphian brethren with whom I have been privileged to work in this have been a ceaseless source of strength and help. The substance of many of the Digressions in this book was often thrashed out between us in hotel rooms, after a gruelling session with a group of Bible correspondence course students. The fellowship and friendship that comes from being bound together by these basic doctrines of Bible truth is surely unsurpassed in human experience. So to all these "my fellow workers unto the Kingdom of God" I now pay tribute, hoping they will find this volume a help in the great work of publishing the true Gospel "into all nations".

Grasping the real truth of the Gospel as taught in the Bible's pages will affect every part of our lives, leading men and women the world over to properly give glory to God as He intended, both now and for eternity. Every one who finds the truth finds the "pearl of great price", and will know the feelings of Jeremiah for himself: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart" (Jer.15:16). To achieve this, be sure to pray for God's help in understanding the word before you tackle each of these Studies. "And now...I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32). D.H.

Abbreviations used in these studies for books of the Bible

Gen.-Genesis

Jer.-Jeremiah

Rom.-Romans

Ex.-Exodus

Ez.-Ezekiel

1 Cor.-I Corinthians

Lev.-Leviticus

Dan.-Daniel

2 Cor.-2 Corinthians

Num.-Numbers

Hos.-Hosea

Eph.-Ephesians

Dt.-Deuteronomy

Am.-Amos

Phil.-Philippians

Josh.-Joshua

Mic.-Micah

Col.-Colossians

Jud.-Judges

Nah.-Nahum

1 Thes.-1 Thessalonians

1 Sam.-1 Samuel

Hab.-Habakkuk

2 Thes.-2 Thessalonians

2 Sam.-2 Samuel

Zeph.-Zephaniah

1 Tim.-1 Timothy

1 Chron.-1 Chronicles

Hagg.-Haggai

2 Tim.-2 Timothy

2 Chron.-2 Chronicles

Zech.-Zechariah

Tit.-Titus

Neh.-Nehemiah

Mal.-Malachi

Heb.-Hebrews

Ps.-Psalms

Mt.-Matthew

1 Pet.-1 Peter

Prov.-Proverbs

Mk.-Mark

2 Pet.-2 Peter

Ecc.-Ecclesiastes

Lk.-Luke

1 Jn.- 1 John

Is.-Isaiah

Jn.-John

2 Jn.-2 John

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