The Holy Bible


"The Bible, which consists of 66 books, was written over a period of 1,600 years by 40 different authors, but it speaks with one voice and has one main message, and that is the message of redemption from sin through Jesus Christ. The Old Testament portion of the Bible, consisting of its first 39 books, points to the coming of Jesus and prepares the way for His coming through types and prophecies. The New Testament portion of the Bible, consisting of its final 27 books, describes how that Jesus, the eternal Son of God, the Creator, came into this world through the womb of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and suffered and died on the cross to redeem man from his fallen condition. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead the third day. He then instructed His followers to go into all the world and preach the gospel of redemption. Those who believe are forgiven of their sin, are brought back into relationship with God, and are given eternal life. The main theme of the Bible is stated in a nutshell in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.""
Quoted from: http://wayoflife.org/database/infallible.html

"Forty independent writers were used in its compilation. They wrote over a 1,500 year time span. They lived in three different continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. Moses wrote in the desert of Sinai, Paul wrote in a prison in Rome, Daniel from exile in Babylon, and Ezra in the ruined city of Jerusalem. They spoke and wrote in three different languages. They had twenty different occupations, which included a couple of kings, a general, at least two fishermen, a musician, a priest, a tax collector, a physician, etc. It has a cast of 2,930 characters in 1,551 places. It covers a huge number of different subjects. Isaiah wrote to warn Israel of God's coming judgment on their sin, Matthew wrote to prove to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah, Zechariah wrote to encourage a disheartened Israel who had returned from Babylonian exile, and Paul wrote addressing problems in different Asian and European churches.

"It was written under many different circumstances. David wrote during a time of war, Jeremiah wrote at the sorrowful time of Israel's downfall, Peter wrote while Israel was under Roman domination, and Joshua wrote while invading the land of Canaan. Its message is expressed in all literary forms (poetry, prose, etc.). Yet without possible concert or collusion, they produced a book which, in all its parts, is pervaded by one spirit, one doctrine, one design, and by an air of sublime authority which is its peculiar characteristic. It is amazing that with such diversity, there is such unity in the Bible. That unity is organized around one theme: God's redemption of man and all of creation. Hundreds of controversial subjects are addressed and yet the writers do not contradict each other."
Quoted from: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/bible_authorship.html

"The Bible is a collection of writings written over a period of 1500 years, in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek), by more than 40 authors. The occupations of these various authors include: king, priest, prophet, lawmaker, philosopher, scholar, poet, soldier, rabbi, physician, tax collector, and fisherman. The writings cover a variety of literary forms: history, law, prophecy, poetry, parable, allegory, biography, memoir, personal correspondence, and apocalyptic."
Quoted from: http://askivor.org/authors.php



Books of the Bible
66 books of the Holy Scriptures
Book
Author
Author's Background1
Dated (circa)2
Old Testament - (39 books)
Genesis
Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Exodus
Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Leviticus
Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Numbers
Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Deuteronomy
Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Joshua
Joshua (Eleazer/Phinehas/Samuel?)
Military General, aid to Moses
1406-1390 B.C.
Judges
Samuel/Nathan/Gad
Prophet
1050-1000 B.C.
Ruth
Samuel, Nathan, Gad, David
1050-1000 B.C.
1 Samuel
Samuel/Nathan/Gad
Prophet
1000-950 B.C.
2 Samuel
Samuel/Nathan/Gad
Prophet
1000-950 B.C.
1 Kings
Jeremiah
Prophet, scribe, Son of a Priest, Jeremiah 1:1
629-588 B.C.
2 Kings
Jeremiah
Prophet, scribe, Son of a Priest, Jeremiah 1:1
629-588 B.C.
1 Chronicles
Ezra
Priest, scribe
450-400 B.C.
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Priest, scribe
450-400 B.C.
Ezra
Ezra
Priest, scribe
536-458 B.C.
Nehemiah
Nehemiah
Royal cupbearer, Tirshatha (Territorial overseer - governor)
445-424 B.C.
Esther
Mordecai/Ezra
Administrator, statesman, prime minister
485-464 B.C.
Job
?Moses
Shepherd, prophet, leader, lawmaker
1500-1400 B.C.
Psalms
David, Solomon, Asaph-choirmaster, Moses, Heman, Ethan, the sons of Korah, Solomon
Shepherd, soldier, military leader, king, musician, singer, poet, writer
1010-970 B.C.
Proverbs
Solomon, Agur, Lemuel, others (King Hezekiah's men Proverbs 25:1)
King, writer, philosopher
970-930 to 716-687 B.C.
Ecclesiastes
Solomon
King, writer, philosopher, builder
970-930 B.C.
Song of Solomon
a.k.a. Canticles
Solomon
King, writer, philosopher, builder
970-930 B.C.
Isaiah
Isaiah
Prophet, the son of the Amoz, who according to an old Jewish tradition was the brother of King Amaziah.
767-697 B.C.
Jeremiah
Jeremiah & Baruch-scribe
Prophet, scribe, Son of a Priest, Jeremiah 1:1
640-581 B.C.
Lamentations
Jeremiah
Prophet, scribe, Son of a Priest, Jeremiah 1:1
640-581 B.C.
Ezekiel
Ezekiel
Priest
593-571 B.C.
Daniel
Daniel
Prince, captive exile in Babylon, chief counselor, administrator, statesman, prime minister (Matthew 10:1-5)
597-525 B.C.
Hosea
Hosea
Shepherd
770-720 B.C.
Joel
Joel
Prophet to Judah
860-850 B.C.
Amos
Amos
Shepherd, Prophet
750 B.C.
Obadiah
Obadiah
(Unknown)
848-841 to 600 B.C.
Jonah
Jonah
(Unknown)
860 to 700 B.C.
Micah
Micah
(Unknown)
750-700 B.C.
Nahum
Nahum
(Unknown)
633-603 B.C.
Habakkuk
Habakkuk
(Unknown)
612-605 B.C.
Zephaniah
Zephaniah
(Unknown)
640-609 B.C.
Haggai
Haggai
(Unknown)
521-516 B.C.
Zechariah
Zechariah
(Unknown)
521-480 B.C.
Malachi
Malachi
(Unknown)
450-425 B.C.
Book
Author
Author's Background1
Dated (circa)2
New Testament - (27 books)
Matthew
Matthew
Tax Collector, one of the 12 Disciples
50-55 A.D.
Mark
John Mark
Barnabas' acquaintance/nephew,
understudy to Paul
50-67/68 A.D.
Luke
Luke
Gentile Physician, understudy to Paul
58-60 A.D.
John
John
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
85-90 A.D.
Acts
Luke
Gentile Physician, understudy to Paul
61-65 A.D.
Romans
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
56 A.D.
1 Corinthians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
54 A.D.
2 Corinthians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
55 A.D.
Galatians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
55-56 A.D.
Ephesians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
60 A.D.
Phillipians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
61 A.D.
Colossians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
60 A.D.
1 Thessalonians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
50-51 A.D.
2 Thessalonians
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
51 A.D.
1 Timothy
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
64-65 A.D.
2 Timothy
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
67-68 A.D.
Titus
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
65 A.D.
Philemon
Paul
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
60 A.D.
Hebrews
probably Paul or Luke, Barnabas, or Apollos
Hebrew Pharisee, Rabbi, tentmaker, persecutor of early believers, Apostle to Gentiles
65-68 A.D.
James
James (half-brother of Jesus)
Matthew 13:55 & Acts 12:2; 15:13; 1 Corinthians 15:7
45-48 A.D.
1 Peter
Simon Peter
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
60-65 A.D.
2 Peter
Simon Peter
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
60-66-67 A.D.
1 John
John
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
85-90 A.D.
2 John
John
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
85-90 A.D.
3 John
John
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
85-90 A.D.
Jude
Judas (half-brother of Jesus)
Brother of James (Matthew 13:55 & Acts 1:13)
60-75 A.D.
Revelation
John
Fisherman, one of the 12 Disciples
90-96 A.D.
 

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