With that in mind I have been trying to put together a definition of the what the Bible is. My goal is for the definition to be as brief, yet as all encompassing as possible. It also has to be intelligible for the non-Christian - even if it is not accepted or believed. Here's what I have so far:
The Bible is God's Word, that is, it is a collection of multiple genres of writing (historical, judicial, biographical, prophetic, poetic, etc.) which all combine to tell ONE story, the story of a trinitarian God:What do you think?
1) creating all that is;
2) enduring the rebellion of humanity;
3) initiating and completing a plan of redemption for the fallen;
4) and restoring all things for the glory of Himself and the ultimate happiness of humanity.
The words of the Bible were written, collected and preserved under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, without error in their original form, and currently serve as the baseline for all faith in Jesus Christ and the final authority on ALL matters for those who claim to know and be known by Jesus Christ.