God's "Ghost" Writers
God's Ghost Writers!
How many books do you know about that people started writing and it took approximately 1600 years before it was finished? That's about how long it took to create the Bible.
Not only that, 27 writers contributed to the writing the Bible. These writers were from all types of occupations, some were kings, others were prophets, and in addition there were also farmers, Shepherd's and religious leaders. Another thing needs to be considered when reading the Bible is that it was written in different languages.
But, in spite of all the vast differences in the writing of the Bible there are no contradictions, when read in the proper context. In order to get the most accurate meaning from the Bible a reader should know to whom it was written, the culture of the people to whom the scripture was written and why is was written. For example: much of the New Testament is a compilation of letters to the various churches or Christian individuals dealing with matters of interest to the people of that time. That indicates that the problems the writers of the New Testament were dealing with are almost the same issues that are found in some of the churches of today.
Listed is the breakdown of the books of the Old Testament. Geneses, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy as a unit are known as the Pentateuch. Books such as Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther are books of Israel's history. The books of Poetry and Wisdom are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. The last section are the Prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
The Old Testament has one central theme and that's how man rebelled against God and how they tried to get back into that perfect relationship that Adam had with God before sinning. This fact of Israel's sin can be read most clearly in the Book of Judges. The cycle consisted of four things: Israels's Savlation, their Sin, their Sorrow and their Punishment from God and their repentance. Their problem was, they repented because of the punishment, not because of the sin.
While the book of Judges is the book that you will read about this cycle of sin, this cycle is repeated through Israel's history until Christ arrives to fulfill the requirements God has established in order for humans to be reunited with Him.
While the narration of the New Testament begins with the tellng about Christ's birth, He had died and been resurrected before the first gospel was written. The first gospel written was probably the gospel of Mark. This gospel is the shortest of the gospels and was written around 65-67 a.d.
The various backgrounds and the audiences to whom it was written can be read in other Hubs I have written, so I won't repeat that material at this time. "Good News" is the Anglo-Saxons translation of the word, Gospel.
Following the four gospels is the book of Acts. Dr. Luke, who also wrote the Gospel of Luke, wrote the book of Acts to a Roman named Theophilus. As the name of the book of Act's states, this is a book recording the acts of the Apostles and the history of the early Christian church. If a reader wants to, they can "plug in" the various other books of the New Testament as they read the book of Act's. The first use of the term, "Christian" was at Antioch, this fact can be read in Acts 12:26.
Most of the New Testament is made up of letters written either to people or churches to deal with a particular problem. (In later Hubs, plan to investigate some of these problems.) The Apostle, Paul, wrote most these letters, which are now part of the New Testament, about 13 that contain his name as the writer and some critics give the Apostle Paul as the writer of Hebrews based on the fact that whoever wrote the book of Hebrews had a detailed knowledge of Jewish culture and background. Since the Apostle was a Pharisee, some give him credit for the writing of this book.
The only book that deals completely to prophecy in the New Testament is the book of Revelation. Other than the name, "John" it is not certain who the writer may be. Most reference cited claim it is John the Apostle or John the Baptist, it may have been John Mark who was the nephew of Barnabas that is referred to in the book of Acts.) Whoever this writer is, he had been exiled to the Island of Patmos because of his Christian witness. The date for the writing of this book of Revelation is not certain, but is thought to be around 97 a.d.
Bottom line is that while there are many writers, there is only one author, and that is God.
Here is a partial list of references used:
The King James translation of the Bible
The New American Standard Bible
The Holman Bible
New Testament Survey by Merrill Tenney
Zondervan Handbook to the Bible
Holman's Bible Dictionary
Unger's Bible Dictionary
Various Internet Sources