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Who and how was the bible written? How does someone remember all the events of the bible to write it down? And where did they get the info?

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A group of Bishops early in the history of the church...most of the chapters were from apostles and disciples as well. It was a collaboration of many. Even some of the stories are similar to other religious beliefs that came before. Basically borrowed stories that were modified for what they believe in. As people migrated so did their beliefs...as a result new religions formed and the stronger and more "believable" beliefs took over.

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jesus i think told them to copy all their life exsperiences and tell the future about it..

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cool how are you?
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Good. Cold, but good!
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i have to go so tlk later
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The Bible is a compilation from many authors over many years. That's why they're called "books." Some are the result of historical research from the author. Some are autobiographies. Some books are actually letters (books of Timothy are an example.) The books are a mix of Greek, Hebrew, and I believe some Arabic text.

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Ugh you're right lol, thanks. I keep slipping up on that one.
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Men wrote the books thru divine instruction except the gospels which were from eye witness accounts.

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The Gospels were written decades later by people who were never there. Theologians have known since the early church that they were not ACTUALLY written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

There are no eyewitness accounts of the stories in the New Testament.
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That's your belief. Not mine. I don't care who says what really. Many things have been revealed to me.
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that right not bob besides peter and James and first john and revelation by John were all eye witnesses
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she just thinks if she can convince others especially believers that god don't exists then maybe shell find peace. cuz the obsession is rather pathetic . if i didn't know god was who he says he is i sure wouldnt waste my energy on involving myself with every question about him ya know
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She's a scientist, biologist to be exact. So she thinks logical, tangible etc. I was like that as well until almost dying. I sought after Christ before but was quite skeptical. During that period I got a very close relationship with Christ. So much was revealed to me that I see unfolding right before my eyes. Suddenly Revelations became crystal clear. I see it happening now. Until someone can accept the concept, it cannot happen for them. I gave someone on here proof, direct proof of Christ and of Revelations coming true that they could not even dispute, a very firm intelligent atheists. Even then they still argue against God. I don't know if it's pride or that some just can't see it. But I gave this person the name of the AC as said by Christ 2000 years ago. Translation of these 3 words equal a famous persons name. No mistaking it, and said in conjunction with satan. AS SATAN. I gave this info at my own risk because when I revealed things on Facebook all hell broke loose, REALLY BAD!!! Some just can't face it. Won't do that again. Faith first, then the truth is revealed.
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Look folks- it's a historical fact. Theologians admit it, I have no idea why fundamentalists can't get with the program.

Honestly, you people can provide zero evidence your Jesus even existed, much less your god. Now I wouldn't care what nonsense you believed if Christians could keep it to themselves, but you can't.
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Wow, that's pretty rude. And ignorant since you always come on my response not the other way around. I don't care what you believe...AT ALL.... But you sure seem bothered by what others do the way you go off on them. Now, I was trying to defend you here with that person. Maybe they're right. What ever the case if you don't like what I say don't read it. And certainly don't talk to me about it. I'm very close with atheists, they don't care what people believe or run around trying to change our minds. I respect THAT! This is bull****! So keep your opinions on your answers and I'll do the same thank you.
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The original was written by Men from God (that is not confirmed though), but throughout time the Bible has been changed many many times to meet culture standards of that time. For example, the New King James version, which is one of the oldest, was written for the kings acceptance, so, no, todays Bible is NOT from God and has been used in horrible ways. Most people dont know what is written down, they just take a copy and change it to their standards. and the information is from Man, not God, Therefore everything in the Bible should be taken carefully.

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the dead sea scrolls dated at the first century are in part but were found to be exactly the same as that of today no changes at all
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The Dead Sea Scrolls have nothing to do with the New Testament- they are Old Testament books only.
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Im not to sure, but even if it was true, I am pretty sure they are not in English or any other modern language. And keep in mind, even modern languages today have mis-translations. Look at English Vs. Spanish. Change or no change, the translations put today have made changes in what they said.
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i just interested that Q same as u. but who knows the answer..
many mysteries are out there..who ever seen. every religions are just a guess

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40 people inspired by the holy spirit wrote it over 4000 years moses wrote the first 5 books. king solomon wrote most of the proverbs. paul wrote a lot of the new testimate and the profits who the books are named after king david wrote alot of the pslams.

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The Hebrew people didn't even exist until around 1400BCE and nothing was written until 800BCE. You're a couple thousand years off.
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right 2000 years 4000 years ago they started it
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Uh, no. Again, those people didn't even exist at the time. They were a part of the Canaanite tribes, and when they broke off they took the minor sky deity of the Canaanites, Jehovah, as their patron deity.

They "started" nothing. We've had civilization for millennia before the Hebrews.

History- try learning it sometime.
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that's when they started writing the bible ignoramous.when they came up our of the land of Egypt. you should look into it. might learn something.
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You are clearly the ignorant one. The Hebrews didn't write anything down until 800BCE and did not exist until 1400BCE. Historical fact.

They were never in Egypt. Fact.


Time to stop getting all your information from a Bronze Age book of mythology, champ.
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I know- you aren't very smart. But that's okay, pumpkin, I'm sure you have some use.
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as do u sweetie
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The Bible was written by 40 men who through divine inspiration wrote it. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that "All scripture is inspired by God." Through Holy Spirit these men, who didn't know each other, wrote the bible and it came together in unity. Only by God's divine inspiration is this possible.


For more info please visit jw.org

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Although Paul wrote that verse, the only actual scripture during the time Paul would have lived, was the Pentateuch (the first 5 books) The rest of the OT did not become scripture until the beginning of the second century. The other books were floating around and some were accepted by some people and not by others. Even today the Samaritans do not accept anything beyond the Pentateuch. So in actuallity Paul would have only been addressing the Pentateuch in that verse.
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Still, the books of the bible were written and united. If 40 doctors had to diagnose one person, do you think that they would all have the same diagnosis? Absolutely not. So the unity of the Bible shows us that it is inspired by our perfect creator, Jehovah God.
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In actuality the bible as well is not in unison, there are contradictions through out the bible, which apologists try to explain, but in reality only come up with very illogical reasoning to justify the differences. So the 40+ writers did not come up with the same "diagnosis" so to speak.
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Except the bible is not united at all- it contradicts hundreds of times. Not to mention that when it was assembled the bishops decided what books were "in" and what books were "out" based largely on politics.

Even now there is a different number of books in the Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant bibles because they couldn't agree on the doctrines therein.

If the bible agreed on everything there wouldn't be over 30,000 denominations of Christianity.
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if you think it contradicts itself its because you do not understand the context . and the 5 extra books are the macabees and the reason they took them out was because it was what the jews told the macabies so it was not written by the ones who got it directly from god. and its not about religion its about relationship
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Without really knowing who wrote the books of the bible, how can anyone know they got it from a God of any sort. The authors of the bible are for the most part unknown.
Not understanding context?
Knowing 300 from 800 is a simple context to understand. Case in point
Compare 2 Sam 23:8 and 1 Chron 11:11, which is correct? Or
2 Sam 8:4 and 1 Chron 18:4 700 or 7000, which is correct?
That's just 2 of hundreds of contradictions.
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The bible can't even keep straight from one verse to another what was created when in Genesis. The whole shebang starts with contradictions and lunacy (the light was created before the stars, which are the source of light in the universe? Seriously?).

Trying to weasel out of the contradictions by claiming it isn't understood is just sad. I mean, Luke and Matthew disagree by a decade on the year of "Jesus'" birth, and similarly give completely different patrilineal lineages of Joseph. That's not "context", it is just a contradiction.
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the authors were well known back then they were the prophets sent by god. most they killed because the people didn't like what they were saying. but when 100 % of what they said would happen did , they were considered profits .
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matt was a tax collector he would use the male side to trace. Luke was a dr he took marrys ang the female perspective to trace. so if there was any question of his authority, blood wise, both were covered. and really do you think if this was fabricated, wouldn't you think they would fix that by now?
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and what seems to u as contradiction is ignorance. as its says mans wisdom is foolishness to god.
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Uh, no. Luke clearly states the lineage through Joseph not Mary.

And your claim that if no one ever changed it, it must be true is absurd. Guess that means we should all be Hindu- the Vedas are the oldest religious text on Earth and they haven't changed those.
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well then lucky for you all those changes and contradictions makes it real easy for you have your mission in life. really why are you so obsessed with god or the lack of him as you say nobody who just dont believe goes to the lengths that you do without having some personal downfall wirh god.
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If you people would keep your religion to yourselves I wouldn't care what darn fool nonsense you believe in. But I live in America, where Christians constantly shove their beliefs on others and into our laws, schools, and government. You affect me with your superstition, forcing me to care.

Trust me, I'd much rather ignore Bronze Age mythology.
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be careful the words you say i say. because not changing it makes it true wasnt said by me . not changing it just makes it consistent and reliable the truth is jesus death and resurrection and rejection of it is everyones choice live with sin or be forgiven no middle ground.
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You have zero evidence any of that babble is true.
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The word "Bible" comes from the Greek word Biblia meaning "The Books". It is a collection of books suppose to have been written by God inspired people. Although the tradition of the bible says it was started by Moses, it could not have been. Hebrew was not a written language until about the 8th century BCE, some 500 years after the story of Moses took place. It's first mention in history is in about 750BCE and contained only the Pentateuch (the first 5 book of the OT). Most of the stories and sayings were borrowed from other cultures from around the region, like the Moses birth story was taken from the story of Sargon of Sumer, The flood and creation from the Epics of Gilgamesh. Even some of the Psalms were borrowed from Egyptian poetry. No one knows who wrote most of the bible with the exception of some of the letter of Paul in the NT, the rest is just tradition and speculation.

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The bible was written over a number of centuries, from about 800BCE to 150CE. The Hebrews passed down the stories of the early Old Testament for centuries before they wrote them down, so you can guess as to their accuracy. Many of these stories, such as Adam and Eve or the Noahide flood, are based on older myths of the region like the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.
Some try to attribute the Pentateuch to Moses but there is no evidence he was a real person and the story about him in Exodus is disproven historically.
The New Testament was written between 50CE and around 150CE. The Gospels were not actually written by those whose names they bear- they were written by unknown authors who were not present for the alleged events they described. The only relatively certain authorship in the NT is the letters of Paul.

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Several different races have the Noah story. One group called him Hoppie. Even have the dove and olive branch. I think this adds to the credibility of the stories.
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Do you know any Hebrew?
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No, it just shows that cultures borrow stories from each other. The story of Noah's Flood was borrowed from the Sumerian story of Unapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh, which predates the Hebrew tale by a couple thousand years. It in turn was based on the story of King Ziasthudra, a Mesopotamian king who saved his worldly goods including a menagerie from a flood of the Euphrates River by floating them on a barge, which ran aground on a small hill.

The reason many cultures that grew up around major rivers or seas have flood stories should be obvious. It's also why many cultures that didn't have stories of destruction by fire. There was never a worldwide flood.
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The "Hoppie" story is just like Noah, just different name.
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Dang it! This would have been a perfect answer if you had included, "The council of Nicaea in 325 ce decided which books to include and which books to leave out of the NT." It's my response to those that claim the bible was divinely inspired.
But stars for a great answer anyways.
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You are missing my point that cultures copy stories from one another through cultural diffusion. That does not make the stories correct, particularly the biblical tales which are not the source.


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Yeah, but I felt I was rambling on a bit already. Funny though- believers just move the goalposts and say those bishops were divinely inspired to choose the "right" books. Which still doesn't explain away the fact that the Orthodox, Catholic, and hundreds of versions of the Protestant bibles all have different numbers of books.
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the different number is because the macabees told what was told to them about what god said . that was 5 books of the old. that got taken out because it wasn't recorded when god said it or to who he said it to. and there really isn't anything so drastically different in those 5 books anyway
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Wrong.

The number of books in the bible ranges from 66 in Protestant versions to 81 in Ethiopian Orthodox.

The difference between Catholic and Protestant is not just Maccabees. Protestant bibles also chucked parts of the Book of Esther and Daniel and all of Tobit, Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiastices, and Baruch.

The Orthodox have in addition to the entire Catholic cannon Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, Odes, the Psalms of Solomon, Esdras, and more verses of Proverbs as well as third and fourth Maccabees not found in Catholic texts.

In other words, Maccabees is the least of the differences- Protestants just chucked books they didn't like in the 1500s.
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Exactly Kitten, that's why I always mention the lack of divine inspiration. But you're right, they will just move the goalpost or play the true Scotsmen card, no matter which sect they belong to.
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Gerard here has said this incorrect nonsense about Maccabees before, and apparently no one in the thread was aware of enough scriptural information to correct him. Not to mention there were only four books of Maccabees, not five, and the Catholics only accept 2.
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hey yall found this one again ain't been here for a fair streach got so busy in the other great debates. and keep in mind its me and 3 of yall im trying to keep up with and i can only type just so fast and clean up my fat thumb overshooting the letter . and i know youll get this one you know im a believer so it takes alot more thinking and time cuz im wetarded you feel for me now huh ? im also really tired worked all day and neen up all night gonna sleep good in about ten minutes and hopeing its gonna last all day just get up to eat and crash again
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well as iv said before i was raised in a catholic house and ive read the books that are not in the kj bible and there isnt anything i could find that was so radically different as to be a problem maybe the praying to saints for help in their fields of expertise
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Study the ancient Hebrew text , scrolls and original writings , remember there were no vowels in the " old tounge"
So from the originals , you get it the way it really was

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The bible has several authors, and many "books"((in it)for instance, genesis, exodus, leviticus....) God (The Father above, aka Jesus Christ born to Mary the virgin) let me please stop there and clarify, God is son of man AND son of the Father above. God is 3 in 1,( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The Father sent his one and only son (Jesus) to earth as a man to be crucified. He did this to let Jesus(The Son) pay the price for yours and my sin. Jesus got crucified and died. He then rose from the dead to reveal to the people that He is no longer dead. The Father then lifted him into heaven, leaving the Holy Spirit with us. God then spoke to and destined the several authors of the bible, (for example, the apostle Paul , Moses...) what to write. The bible is a word of God sent to people, and those people wrote it in a book called the bible. Jesus loves you with all of His heart, he lived a sinless life for you and then he died for you. :)

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The books of the bible were compiled in the late Roman Imperial era, by old men who were largely ignorant of science and of the world beyond their immediate domain.
The stories they compiled had been handed down for many centuries from bronze-age, animal-sacrificing, sun-worshipping, warlike, xenophobic, patriarchal goat-herders.
The result is a book full of inconsistencies and prejudices that bears little or no useful or helpful advice for open-minded people living in the modern era.

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Strange isn't it, how a small group of goat herders could have influenced the modern world. How people that are suppose to be intelligent still look to their bronze age book to guide their lives. Pretty sad actually.
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Yuuuup. It would be the equivalent of people in the year 4682 digging up a copy of "Harry Potter" and thinking that magic really existed and that we were all either wizards or muggles.
And then dividing themselves into wizards and muggles, as each group tries to exterminate the other.
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The great comedy of this is that the believers 'know' it to be absolutely true without the faintest shred of proof. Yet it is us, the liberated of mind, followers of fact and evidence, who are said to be delusional.
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And thus did Nietzsche define the "inversion of morals".
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"A conviction can be more dangerous then a lie" ~N
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Several different people wrote them. Moses wrote Geneses, David and Solomon wrote Psalms, Solomon also wrote Proverbs, Paul wrote the letter to Timothy, and John the Disciple wrote Revelation.

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About 40 different human authors contributed to the Bible, which was written over a period of about 1500 years. The authors were kings, fishermen, priests, government officials, farmers, shepherds, and doctors. From all this diversity comes an incredible unity, with common themes woven throughout.
The Bible's unity is due to the fact that, ultimately, it has one Author-God Himself. The Bible is "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). The human authors wrote exactly what God wanted them to write, and the result was the perfect and holy Word of God (Psalm 12:6; 2 Peter 1:21).
Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-the-Bible.html#ixzz2OD5KDSBS

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The Bible is a COLLECTION of 66 different books, each written by different people in different time periods. They were finally put together into a single collection in 367 AD.

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Every Gospel begins with the introduction?" Gospel According?to..." Any lay man knows that these gospels were not written by their presumed authors. I mean come on, is Matthew speaking in the following verse or someone else.


"And as Jesus passed forth thence, he (Jesus) saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he (Jesus) saith unto him (Matthew), follow me (Jesus) and he (Matthew) arose, and followed him (Jesus)." Matthew 9:9

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The Bible was "inspired by God" as stated at 1 Timothy 3:16. It was written by many men, but inspired by God,

Hope I helped!

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