Is the Bible an Algebra-textbook?

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Is the Bible an Algebra-Textbook?

In an algebra-textbook you expect to find complicated equations with letters representing various numbers. The textbook only gives you some of the numbers in the equation and you have to work your way backwards in order to figure out what each letter represents. Only after you have read the entire equation and only after you have made all of the appropriate calculations can you determine with any certainty what particular number each letter is representing.

Is the Jewish Bible the same type of book?

Allow me to explain my question. The first verse in the Bible reads: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Let us pause for a moment. What does the word “God” mean? What does that word represent? Did the Divine Author expect us to know what the word God means before we complete reading the book? Or can…

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