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What is the origin of the Bible?

Is the Bible the work of human imagination or is its source divine?

The Bible was written by some 40 authors over 1500 years.

The scriptures which make up the Old Testament were written in Egypt, Israel and Babylon.

The scriptures which make up the New Testament were written in Israel, Asia and Rome.

Paul tells us that all the scriptures were written by the direct inspiration of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Peter says:

2 Peter 1:21... holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The writers recorded exactly what God intended.

Jesus says:

John 10:35... the scripture cannot be broken;

Luke 24:25... O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken... 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Despite being written by approximately 40 men over some 1500 years, the Bible does not contradict itself.

The authors all proclaim the same one true God, and the same one way of salvation—Jesus Christ.

Few of the books specifically name their author.

Below is a chart of the books of the Bible with the name of the generally received author and the approximate date of writing.

Book

Writer and approximate date

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Moses - 1400 B.C. (Genesis of which Moses was not an eyewitness could have been compiled from material written from Adam onwards and passed down through Noah, Shem and Abraham – whether authored or compiled it was still written by inspiration).

Joshua

Joshua with a portion by Phinehas or Eleazar - 1350 B.C.

Judges, Ruth, 1+2 Samuel

Samuel/Nathan/Gad - 1000 - 900 B.C.

1+2 Kings

Jeremiah - 600 B.C. (Compilation?)

1+2 Chronicles

Ezra - 450 B.C. (Compilation?)

Ezra

Ezra - 450 B.C

Nehemiah

Nehemiah

Esther

Mordecai - 400 B.C.

Job

Moses - 1400 B.C.

Psalms

Mostly David - also Asaph, Sons of Korah, Moses, Heman the Ezrahite, Ethan the Ezrahite and Solomon 1000 - ? B.C.

Proverbs

Solomon, Agur, Lemuel- 900 B.C.

Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Solomon - 900 B.C

Isaiah

Isaiah - 700 B.C.

Jeremiah, Lamentations

Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

Ezekiel

Ezekiel - 550 B.C.

Daniel

Daniel - 550 B.C.

Hosea

Hosea - 750 B.C.

Joel

Joel - 850 B.C.

Amos

Amos - 750 B.C.

Obadiah

Obadiah - 600 B.C.

Jonah

Jonah - 700 B.C.

Micah

Micah - 700 B.C.

Nahum

Nahum - 650 B.C.

Habakkuk

Habakkuk - 600 B.C.

Zephaniah

Zephaniah - 650 B.C.

Haggai

Haggai - 520 B.C.

Zechariah

Zechariah - 500 B.C.

Malachi

Malachi - 430 B.C.

Matthew

Matthew - A.D. 55

Mark

John Mark - A.D. 50

Luke

Luke - A.D. 60

John

John - A.D. 90

Acts

Luke - A.D. 65

Romans,1+2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1+2 Thessalonians, 1+2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

áPaul - A.D. 50-70

Hebrews

Unknown, mostly likely Paul - A.D. 65

James

James - A.D. 45

1+2 Peter

Peter - A.D. 60

1,2+3 John

John - A.D. 90

Jude

Jude - A.D. 60

Revelation

John - A.D. 96

You might like to read:

The Divine Origin of the Bible (click on the title to read the booklet)

The Miracle of the Bible (click on the title to read the booklet)

I hope you find this helpful.

God bless,
Glenn

 
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