A lot of different people wrote the various books in every version of Bible, and there are different versions. Even if a book has the same name and some of the same verses in another version of Bible, you'll find that some lines have changed, some material has been added, and so on. Even though a single name is associated with a particular book in the bible (whichever version you're talking about), numerous people have revised it and re-revised it and re "translated" it throughout its history.
There are some New Testament writers that are not debated much, such as some of Paul's letters and Luke. Most other books have popularly-chosen writers who likely contributed to the material in the book but didn't do the actual writing. This is prominent in Paul's letters where he usually identifies himself as the author at the beginning and also identifies the writer at the end. Books such as the Gospel of John use the first person plural (we/us/our) often in the writing, indicating it was likely an authoritative group of John's disciples who put his teachings into a cohesive book. Matthew, Mark, and Luke either borrowed from each other or from an unknown source that scholars call "Q." The writer of Hebrews is unknown. Most scholars attribute 1 Peter to the Apostle Peter, while a large minority of scholars debate whether or not Peter wrote Second Peter, and some have even tried to remove it from the Bible. The Old Testament is more ambiguous as to the individuals or groups of people who wrote the books. What is important is not what men or women God used to write the books but rather that we read it as a Message from God through those people. It helps in determining the context of the Message if we try to figure out the writer, but sometimes it is a futile task. What you believe regarding who wrote the book does not change the Message that it is a timeless, collective critique that humanity had fallen away from the Image of God but that Jesus undid that undoing, and that we need to live in light of our True Identity, not our assumed fallen nature.
As stated above in may answers it was written by many people, actually more then many like to think for instance the Pentateuch, we are told that Moses wrote it in the 15-16 century BCE, yet Hebrew was not a WRITTEN (caps because people argue with me that it was a spoken language, and it was) language until about 800 BCE so he could not have written it. Literary scholars see at least 4 a few say 5 writers. The Elohist, the Yahwist, the Priestley class, and the Deuteronomists. Very few of the Bible books have a known author and many of the ages of the books are in question as the above example. The Gospel of John is said to have been written in the early part of the 2nd century not 1st century as many think. Many of the Prophets that said this and that were actually written after the fact, that makes for an easy prophecy. So any how, it's a crap shoot as to who wrote it, and were they inspired? Who knows as no one knows who did it. Now, jk above is correct that many of the epistles are known to have been written by Paul, or one of his followers, but the others are disputed.
The Bible “is inspired of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16) In what way? The Bible itself answers: “Men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21) To illustrate: A businessman might have a secretary write a letter. That letter contains the businessman’s thoughts and instructions. Hence, it is really his letter, not the secretary’s. In a similar way, the Bible contains God’s message, not that of the men who wrote it down. Thus, the entire Bible truthfully is “the word of God.”—1 Thessalonians 2:13.
The Bible was written over a 1,600-year period. Its writers lived at different times and came from many walks of life. Some were farmers, fishermen, and shepherds. Others were prophets, judges, and kings. The Gospel writer Luke was a doctor. Despite the varied backgrounds of its writers, the Bible is harmonious from beginning to end.
I agree with sneka, which is the most sound answer on here. I also think that It is clear that the many skeptics and antagonists who tried to offer their trite answers do not know how to read the Bible. Understanding of the Bible is itself given by the Bible's Author, the Holy Spirit of God. Just as I was once spiritually blind and the Bible made little sense. The central theme: God reconciling man to Himself through Jesus Christ.
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The Bible is inspired of God. (2 Timothy 3:16) God used his power (holy spirit) on 40 different men to write the bible. Some who wrote the bible were Moses, King Solomon, Daniel, Jonah, the apostles Paul, Peter and John. In some bibles you can look in the introduction and you will see the name of the writers. One bible I know where you can see it is the New World Translation.