From the Bible
How Was the Bible Written? Brief History and Facts
These Valuable Facts About the Bible Will Help You Understand Its Origin
The Bible that we know today had been written by over 40 authors and had survived for over a span of 1600 years. It is of no surprise that the Bible is the most read book in the world.
Each book in the Bible was considered as the breath of God. The Bible is a collection of sixty-six books portraying the salvation of mankind through God’s mercy and compassion. As stated, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Unlike other religious books, the Bible is composed of different kinds of authors, some preachers, fishermen, prophets, etc. And some original Bible texts were written on scrolls and have quite a unique and diverse history.
If you are interested in knowing how the Bible was formed and its history, here’s a read for you to know.
Understanding the Sacred Text
The Bible is divided into two sections: The Old Testament with thirty-nine books (Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament (Greek Bible) with twenty-seven books, which contains Jesus’s account as the Messiah (Canonical Gospels), and other books of prophecy, epistles, and narrative of Apostles’ ministries.
In 1947, archeological evidence has proven the Old Testament’s accuracy through salvaging the Dead Sea Scrolls in Israel—originally discovered by a shepherd of the Ta’amireh tribe—which contains the scripture dating 1,000 years older. While some scholars argued over the New Testament’s literary accounts, its literary consistency and several archeological evidences seem overshadowed by their claims and propositions.
The Story of How Did the Bible Come to Be
The Old Covenant
The earliest and original texts of the Bible are called the Pentateuch, written mostly in Hebrew and some few in Aramaic language. These are sacred writings written by the Jews for over the period of 1000 BC to 100 BC—most were stories transmitted through oral form. The Old Testament tells the narration of events of the Israelites and their salvation through their captivity and most importantly, the declaration of God’s Ten Commandments. Here, God commanded Moses to lead the Israelites and live according to His commandments, and they will all be granted a great nation (Genesis 12:1-3).
The New Covenant
In 4 BC the promised Messiah in the Jewish Scripture arrived in the form of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And starting in AD 40 to AD 90, the canonical gospels were written by the eye-witnesses to Jesus’s life—and were compiled and spread throughout the Roman Empire in AD 200, translated from Greek to Latin, Syriac, and Coptic.
Early Christians referred the writings of Jesus’s apostles as the New Covenant. To safeguard the scriptures from heresies and different movements, through the help of Augustine of Hippo, the sacred writings were canonized in three Synods on Canonicity: Hippo (393), Carthage (397), and again in Carthage (419).
Although with the Bible’s diverse contents, their different timelines and even authors, there is one theme that both bind a unifying theme in the New and Old Testament.
- God cares and loves His people despite the differences.
- There is a Divine Intervention to every human affair that will lead us to salvation.
- There is only one God. To you it was shown that you might know that theLord, He is God; there is no other besides Him (Deuteronomy 4:35).
- God gives us the will to choose between good and evil.
- God’s glory and grace are shown from beginning until end.