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The Bible began as oral literature thousands of years ago.   As time passed, people wrote down various parts of  the book.   For many centuries the Bible existed only in the hand-written manuscript form.  

Some people believe that every event mentioned in the Bible actually happened exactly as the Bible says it did.   Other people feel that many events in the Bible must be read as symbols of religious belief.   Many Bible scholars today consider Bible to be chiefly an expression of faith.

The Old Testament tells about the ancient Israelites.   Almost all the Old Testament was written in Hebrew language, a few parts in Aramaic, a language that resembles Hebrew.   The Old Testament canon (books) differs between Judaism and Christianity and even among major Christian groups.  The Jewish canon consists of 24 books, the protestant,  39 and the Catholic, 46 books, 7 extra books of Apocrypha.    The books of the Christian Bible are organised into four sections  -  Pentateuch (books of law), historical books, wisdom and prophets.

Scholars have much evidence that ancient Hebrews adopted some  of the religious and legal traditions of other Near Eastern cultures.   No written source tells how the Old Testament began to develop.

The New Testament consists of 27 books organized into four sections  -  the Gospels, the Act of the Apostles, the Epistles ( letters ) and the Revelation.   The early church probably accepted the four Gospels as authentic even though the authors were unknown.   Traditionally, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are considered the authors of the four Gospels.   Each of the four Gospels consider Jesus differently;  Matthew describes Him as the law giver, who tells how Christians and their Church should act;

The first 13 letters are called Pauline letters because most of them were written by Saint Paul.   The last eight are called general letters.  Early church leaders wrote them, but scholars do not know the authors were or disagree on who they might have been.   Revelation is one book written by a man named John, but he is probably not the same person who wrote the Gospel of John.

23)    The Female Pope!

One of the most scandalous rumours ever to concern the Vatican ,was the shocking and heretical story of Pope Joan, the female Vicar of Christ (in the mid-ninth century).   She allegedly became Pope by passing herself as a man, until nature caught her out , and she delivered a child in the very midst of a Papal procession.   Pope John VIII, Joan of England, disguised herself as a man, went with her paramour to Athens, learnt under the professors there, returned to Rome and got her elected Pope after the death of Pope Leo, by common consent of the cardinals

As she was going to the Lateran Church, between Colossian Theatre and St. Clements, in Papal procession, she delivered a baby (sired by one of her servants) and died at the same place, having sat on the throne two years, five months and four days.   She was buried at the same spot without any pomp.   The site of Joan’s death was said to have been marked by a large slab of stone until Pope St. Pius V (1566 - 72) had it destroyed.   Joan is not counted among the Popes.

Later historians have questioned this story and have even refuted it.

                                                                                                               From:   “ The World of Paranormal “

24)   Under  Duress

I am under fire to write letters.   “Write to akka and Viji”, she says.   You know who ‘she’ is.   Women have the special talent to nag but they are blissfully unaware they are nagging.   They only think that they are suggesting what is to be done and what not; but their tone is threatening, to use a mild word.   What can I write when I have no news to convey?   Everything is normal here, even the terrorists have declared  holiday  to their activities and all is quiet across the Line of Control between Pakistan and India.   Only Jayalalithaa is live, lively and kicking.   She has given a directive to all the government servants to

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