Who Wrote the Bible?
Humanly speaking, the Bible was penned by 40-plus authors. The first five books of the Old Testament are attributed to Moses. The prophetic books of the Old Testament bear the names of their author. For example, the prophet Isaiah wrote the book of Isaiah, Hosea wrote the book of Hosea, and so on. Much of the New Testament was written by the apostle Paul, who wrote letters of encouragement and instruction to churches in various cities throughout Europe and Asia.
The biblical authors lived in different eras, and came from different cultures. Some were Jews and some were Gentiles (non-Jews). Some were kings and some were paupers. Some were highly educated and some had little formal education. Some were religious leaders, some were political leaders, some were prophets, and some were simply ordinary, everyday folks. The variation in the author’s backgrounds is enormous, to say the least.
With this much disparity, one might expect the Bible to contain different assertions of the truth. But, in fact, the Bible has one continuing, unifying message from the first book to the last. The likelihood that 40-plus people, who wrote in three different languages, lived on three different continents, in different eras, would come up with one continual message, one continual theme, and one continual plan of salvation, is nothing short of miraculous. No other religious book shares the uniqueness of the Bible.
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