What Is the Origin of the Bible?


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Hebrews 1 attributes the origin of the Bible to God, who used different forms of divine revelation to communicate to his messages to prophets. In the New Testament, 2 Timothy 3 affirms that the Bible was authored by divine inspiration.

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Divine messages in the Bible were originally recorded by inspired prophets themselves and later preserved by priests who copied them through the centuries. Some Old Testament books were penned by wise men such as Joshua or by kings such as David and Solomon. They were written or edited by about 40 different individuals in all, over a span of approximately 1,500 years.

The New Testament contains four biographical accounts about Jesus, a report describing the works of the apostles and letters written by early Christian leaders to different churches or individuals. The letters were copied and circulated, and along with the four gospels, Acts and Revelation, were eventually accepted as authoritative by the early church.

The New Testament contains what the apostles themselves saw and heard as eyewitnesses of Christ, according to 1 John 1:3. Luke claims his gospel account is also based on information compiled from eyewitnesses. The New Testament is therefore primarily attributed to eyewitnesses, close associates or contemporaries of Jesus.

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