Formation of the Bible

The Bible is a collection of sixty-six books, written by forty different authors,  over a period of 1,600 years, yet there is not one  contradiction.  Choose any other subject matter, gather sixty-six books, by forty authors, spread over 1,600 years, on the chosen topic, and it will result in contradictions.

The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.  The largest portion of the Bible was written in Hebrew and the smallest portion in Aramaic.  While much of the Bible was written in Israel, it was also penned in Babylon, Arabia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

The human authors of the Bible were kings, priests, prophets, soldiers, statesmen, shepherds, fisherman, a tax collector, a doctor, a tent-maker, and a farmer.1     

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Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 10.22.54 AMThe various occupations of the human authors account for the various literary genres of the Bible.  The Scripture contains a historical, legal, wisdom, psalms, prophecy, apocalyptic, gospel and epistles.  In spite of the diversity of languages, locations, authors, occupations, and genres, the Scripture is unique in its harmony and unity.

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  1.  Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Nature of the Bible. (Ariel Ministries, 2005), pp. 8-9.

© Rev. Gregory G. Capel, Jr. – 2016