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direction of his office. I was always confident that I could find it, but unsure on which side of the road it would appear. Recently, I finally learned why sometimes the building was on my left and other times it was on my right. I had not realized that the street on which this office is locat- ed is a long, slow-curving semi-cir- cle. Both ends of the street eventu- ally meet up at the same road, just one intersection apart from each other. Since the two intersections look very similar, I never realized that I sometimes turned left at one intersection and other times turned left at the next intersection. When I took the first left, the office building always appeared on my right. When I took the second left, the building was always on my left. For whatever reason, I had never paid close enough attention. I had failed to consider that the seeming contradiction was merely the result of two different points of view: one from the North, and one from the South. Sadly, many people approach a study of the Bible as carelessly as I approached the tax advisor’s office building: they fail to see the vari- ous viewpoints of the Bible writers. • Approximately 40 different inspired men from all walks of life wrote the Bible over a period of 1,600 years. • Sometimes Bible writers focused on a group of people (Luke 23:55- 24:1); at other times they targeted a partic- ular person within the group (John 20:1). • They wrote in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages. • Sometimes the Bible writers recorded events in chronological order (Genesis 1). At other times, they were less concerned about the exact order of events, and they focused more on the main theme of the passage (Genesis 2). • Bible writers lived (1) at different times, (2) in different places, (3) among different people, and (4) in different cultures. • The original recipients of their writings varied greatly—from Jewish, to Greek, to Roman, to all men. Hebrew Aramaic Greek 18 apologeticspress.org