How did We Get the Bible?
What I am writing to you is from a paper I received from : BBS Good
It truly is a book because the word Bible means "BOOKS." The
Bible is made up of 66 Separate Books. They were written at different times
over a period of several years (hundreds).
The Bible is divided into two separate testaments or wills. One is the
Old Testament the other one is the New Testament.
The Old Testament was mainly written in "Hebrew and Aramaic."
The new Testament was written in the "Common Greek language of the
Day of Jesus."
Thirty - Nine Books in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New
Both Testaments can be looked upon as a set of rules and guidelines on how we are to
live, and so we can Walk With God. Rules that were given to help us have a honorable
relationship with Him and our fellow man. These testaments can be called the Old
Rules and the New Rules.
This clearly helps define two things
First, which part of the Bible is not in effect, the Old
Second, which part of the Bible is in effect now today, the New
Even though both testaments were written by several disciples from
different generations, each book both the Old and New Testaments fits together
like a finished puzzle. They were woven together like one multipliable Colored cloth,
showing forth a unified picture of the past, present and future. No wonder the Bible
is said to be inspired.
How did we get the Old?
It is believed that Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament.
These five books are called the Law, or the Law of Moses. It is called the Law of
Moses because he is the one who received it from God to write down and pass on to the
Jewish people. Ex 24:4
In many verses, the New testament refers to the Law of Moses when it is trying to
teach that it is not in effect any more. Col 2:14 ; Romans 10:4
Several other inspired men wrote the rest of the Old Testament.
Example: Solomon, wrote most of the books in Proverbs
The Songs of Solomon, and Proverbs 1:1 ; Ecc1:1.
King David wrote many of the Psalms, which were songs about his joys, and his sorrows
and his needs. He also spoke of the Christ in them Psalms 2:7, Psalms
Several men called "prophets" spoke words from God that were written down, men
such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. King David was also called a prophet Acts
Others contributed to the writings. The Jew were the keepers and collectors of these
writings. All of them have been copied and translated over the years and delivered to
How Did We Get The New?
The New Testament was written by eight inspired men. Seven of them were Jews,
Matthew, Mark, John, Paul, James, Peter and Jude. Luke was believed to have been a
Gentile. Fourteen of the books in it are believed to have been penned by Paul, one by
Matthew, one by Mark, two by Luke, and five by John, and one by James, two by Peter
and one by Jude.
The books were written approximately between 33 A.D. and 100 A.D, and
were circulated among the gatherings of the believers. Col 4:16
In the first letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul actually quotes from
the Gospel of Luke. 1 Timothy 5:18. Therefore, Luke's Gospel was likely to
have been circulated during the first Century. These books were written in the Greek
Language of that day.
Matthew, John and Peter were apostles. Apostles were twelve specially chosen men who
were eyewitnesses of Jesus when He was on Earth. Luke 6:13 ; Mark 3:14;
Cor 12:28, 2 Cor 12:12. In this way, they could be the best witnesses
to credibly tell others about Jesus.
Paul also was a specially chosen eyewitness of Jesus and the apostle 1Timothy
2:7. Yet Paul only saw Jesus in a vision Acts 9:1-7. Mark was a traveling
companion of the apostle Paul Acts 12:25.
Mark was also called John, Luke traveled with Paul also. Luke, when
writing the book of Acts, sometimes used the word "we" to indicate that he was
with the apostle Paul when he traveled. Acts 16:10. Both Mark and Luke would
have understood first hand from the apostle what the new message was all about.
James and Jude were followers of Jesus and actual brothers to Him. Gal 1:19,
Mark 6:3, Acts 1:14. Therefore, they would be credible witnesses and
writers of their New Testament books. In A.D 397, the Council of Carthage gave
their formal acceptance of the 27 books in the New Testament.
Why are Other Books not In The Bible?
Two excellent reasons can be given for why other books are not included in the
First, they are not considered to be inspired by God. For example, several appeared
between the period of both the Old and the New testaments. These have been grouped
into what is called the Apocrypha.
The Apocrypha has been widely disputed as to whether it is inspired or not. The
catholic Bible included some of the Apocrypha books. Yet most any other Bible does
not. A second reason why other books are not included in the Bible is studied in the
Lesson "if the Bible was a person..."