Who wrote the Bible?
Men penned the words but they were inspired words that came from God’s Sspirit to man. The Bible teaches us all Scripture is inspired of God, both the old and New Testament.
The key explanation is that it is God breathed (Theopnuestos). God moved the men; prophets or scribes to write the words down. So it is not by their own initiative, they were not dictation machines either. Inspiration refers to the writings, not the writers. God instructed them and it is God’s communication to mankind, in other words the origin is found in God. 2 Pet 1:20-21, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Prophecy as well as the writings are all From God as the source. God watched his word to make sure we would receive it accurately.
The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written by men under God's control through his Holy spirit that spans over 1500 years through different authors. Written in three different languages by more than 40 authors from a variety of backgrounds and cultures (1400 BC Moses - 90 AD John the apostle).
The Old Testament deals consists of 39 inspired books written by Kings, prophets, leaders and even
shepherds that covers Israel's history and prophecy on the coming promise of the Messiah in nearly every book.
There were 400 Years of silence between the Old Testament and the New Testament period (Jesus birth). God did not speak, nor send prophets until Zacharias, John the baptizers father was contacted by an angel and God began to work again, John the baptizer was the last of the Old Testament prophets who would announce the coming of the new dispensation of the new covenant by the Messiah.
The New Testament consists of 27 documents written by his appointed apostles and those under their leadership in the known language of the day; Koine, common Greek. The New Testament makes known the person of Christ and the establishment of the new covenant, the church and the age to come. We can know Christ is the prophesied messiah because Old Testament prophesies place his coming before the destruction of the temple.
2) The Acts of the Apostles (what the apostles did in mission work and in the church)
3) Epistles (instruction and correction to the church)
4) Revelation of Jesus Christ (prophecy)
1) Gospels - The 4 gospels give record of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension. Matt, Mk and Lk. Are referred to as the synoptic (similar) Gospels. The gospel of John is the complimenting gospel. John years later gave more information on who Christ was.
2) Acts - Chronicled by Luke a physician, historian and a companion of Paul. Luke documents the birth of the church and its establishment in Judea, Samaria and Roman Empire. Based on acts of the apostles actions from the Holy Spirit.
3) 21 Epistles – letters written to churches established on the apostles missionary journeys and individuals giving instruction on the doctrine of Jesus Christ and living by the Spirit.
4) Revelation of Jesus Christ - Reveals Jesus Christ in His glory. The
Revelation in this book shows Jesus as
The Bible is consistent and forms a cohesive unified message of God's
dealings with mankind. Its message is without contradiction it is the most
historically accurate ancient text known to man. The Bible speaks on the
subjects of origins of man, evil, fall, redemption. Nature and mans purpose.
Satan who introduces evil, his war