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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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
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