1. Introduction

The Bible is a book that has held a very prominant position in western society for nearly 2000 years, and parts of it were crucial to Jewish society for a further 1000 years prior to that. As books go, it is one that has been treated with great importance for a long period of time. This paper describes some of the aspects of the Bible that give it such an important status, and the opportunities they offer.

The Bible does make its own claim to greatness. Throughout its books, it claims to be the word of the one true God. The book of Peter in the New Testament speaks about the earlier prophecies in the Bible,

2 Peter 1:20.: knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21. for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. NKJV

While any book can make claims about itself without those claims necessarily being true, this passage is still significant. It means that if this is true, it is a very special book.