With a pen and paper....... so people can learn to read.The bible was the first book 1450 AD. It is also a collection of 66 books with a total of 1189 Chapters. Total of 773742 words, and total 3566480 letters.
This is the King James Bible.
This would make a great hub! The Bible does consist of 66 books written by 40 authors over a period of approximately 1500 or 1600 years. I believe it to be God breathed...that is the authors were inspired by God to write that which was written. The central theme of the Bible is God's salvation plan for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. He also tells us through scripture how to live, how to care for one another and teaches us lessons through the mistakes others have made in the past. The Bible is God's way of communicating to man those things which we need to know. Through the Bible, God is also able to reveal to us that which is yet to come.
The way things worked in the OT was an audible voice of god would be heard through the human ear. Like we speak to each other today. So literally god would dictate, say, genesis, word for word and moses would have written it down just as he (audibly) heard it. The other NT writers, dictated to their apprentices who wrote. As with jeremiah, he heard god say "I have put my words in your mouth". Then the holy spirit was (not being permanently installed into the vessel as with the new testament dispensation) loaned to jeremiah and the other prophets as well. Solomon and his proverbs etc may well have written those while just musing the day away, he had great wisdom and knowledge and understanding so perhaps the loaning of the holy spirit was not necessary. But as the word of god is not really OT and NT, god just always calls it "his word" I would say that gods holy spirit was definitely involved as much as the holy spirit needed to be to accomplish a more than an adequate "word of god" or roadmap to the almighty.
In the NT God uses the Holy Spirit to inspire and spiritually dictate. Ever heard anyone say "god gave me the words to say to this person!". Its the same thing, "god gave me the words to write down!". Of course to further the authenticity of the NT the actual apostles of jesus christ were used as penning vessels. Pauls spirit was/is quite active when writing the letters to here and there and probably did not know these letters would be canonized later. The apostles were trained to listen to gods voice and to rely on christ to help them in everything, as is the pattern today, when christians write answers in hubpages we, not being attained like the apostles but rely on gods holy spirit to assist us with answering and penning what we do.
HOW WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN?
With the exception of the ten commandments that were written by the finger of God the rest were written by holy men of God who wrote as the were moved by The Holy Spirit. (1PETER1:21) (2TIMOTHY 3:16)
WHY WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN?
So that humankind would have intruction and guidance and grow into mature and decent human beings. (2TIMOTHY3:17) (HEBREWS 5:12-14)
That humankind might be more than 'decent human beings:' but "people of God alive from the dead of being in trespasses and sins." Born again.
The bible we know today is a peace meal of various related and unrelated texts that were put into the modern version we know mainly by the Council of Nicea. And revised as it has been translated through various languages.
As a student of 'academic' New Testament studies, I can honestly say that each work in the New Testament was written by humans and that each writer never knew that his writing would someday be given the status of the sacred scripture. The designation of those writing being the Sacred Scripture is a result of consensus among the early Christians. Around 380 A.D. the early church decided to include 27 separate books into the Canon of the New Testament. In other words, the New Testament became a sacred and holy book because the church said so, and folks agreed. Other than that, it's a collection of human words. Each book represents historical context of its time.
Did God actually 'author' each book? Did God actually inspire each writer? Is each word in the Bible God's word? The answers are: yes, yes, and yes, if you are a Christian! These answers are, however theological/confessional in nature. The answers are "Maybe," if you are a historian/biblical scholar, since answers to these questions are beyond the scope of scholarly inquiries. As to the question, "Why was the New Testament written?", the answer is: To make a case is that the executed criminal from a small town of Nazareth is actually the Messiah.
By a bunch of people with their hands. It was written to subdue mankind's innate nature to question.
None of the books in the new testament were eyewitness accounts (scientifically and HISTORICALLY proven) and that's the least 'outrageous' accusations.
Watch Religulous by Bill Maher. It's all B.S., as much as they'd love to believe otherwise.
Bible is a collection of books written by people and assembled by people. It was an attempt to understand the world and attribute all unknown things to a supreme singular creator and to standardise various practices ranging from, for example, moral to tribal. It also selects a chosen people, whether Jews or Christians, to make that particular tribe feel good about themselves.
It was a tale that grew in the telling and was reinterpreted as people's ideas developed.
It is riddled with inconsistencies and constructed of stories borrowed from earlier beliefs and religions. It borrowed basic good humanist principles and presented them as coming from the creator alone.
It has been and is an obstruction to science and free thinking. It speciously gives followers 'all the answers' and counsels against any further rationalisation.
As most of the answers show, The Bible is actually a collection of books and letters written over a long period of time. The text of the Old Testament was originally passed on as songs and stories. The oldest known original texts of the OT were collected and written down in the time of Ezra.
When the Council of Nicea convened in the third century, it accepted all of the established Old Testament as Scripture. In deciding what would be included in the New Testament, the Council used three criteria: (1) The document must be a 1st century document, (2) The document must have been written by an apostle, or obviously influenced by an apostle, (3) the document must harmonize with the whole of the OT and must not contain any historical or doctrinal errors. Contrary to some people's uninformed opinions, The Bible has shown itself time after time to be the Word of God, not some hodge-podge of writings that have no value or use. All one has to do is read it and study it.
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