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Who Wrote the Bible?
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The Bible was written by the prophets and apostles who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. "Above all," says Peter in 2 Peter 1:20,21 "you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (NIV).

The Bible was written by many men. The 39 books of the Old Testament were written in the Hebrew language. The first five books, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, were written by Moses who lived about 1,500 B.C. As other men were inspired by God, they gave their special messages. The last book of the Old Testament was written about 400 B.C. by Malachi.

The 27 books of the New Testament were written in the Greek language. Matthew, John and Peter were members of the special group of twelve disciples who followed Jesus for the 32 years of His ministry. They wrote eight of the New Testament books.

The other authors were: Mark, a young man, probably no older than a teenager at the time of Jesus' ministry, and was a son of an early Christian family. Luke wrote two books, Luke and Acts, was a Christian physician, and was probably the only Gentile author of any of the books of the Bible. The others were all Jews.

Two of the authors in the New Testament, James and Jude, were brothers of Jesus (either half-brothers or foster brothers). The apostle Paul wrote thirteen, some think fourteen, of the New Testament books.

The Bible has been translated many times into many languages. One of the first translations was from the Hebrew of the Old Testament into Greek two or three centuries before the Christian era, and was for Jews who lived in Greek speaking lands. This translation was called the Septuagint. Later the Bible has been translated into nearly every language spoken.

The first English translation was made in about A.D. 1388 by an English scholar named John Wycliffe. The most popular English translation for centuries was the King James Version, authorized by King James I of England in 1611. In the last century, many translations have been made into more contemporary English.

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