While some rabbis point to a general assembly of religious leaders that recognized the books of the Bible, this did not happen until well after the people of God were already using the Scriptures in worship. Job--Unknown Genesis--1445-1405 B.C. The Holy Bible is an unrivaled powerhouse that, by its message, has instituted hospitals, orphanages, unleashed liberty in human government, introduced domesticity to barbarians (I am of British stock and think of my own ancestors whose pagan religions led to unimaginable sorrow and cultures that were unsustainable), and, ultimately and positively shaped the great spheres of human governance in the home, the Church, and the State. The authors are not sinless. The story of how the Bible was written cannot be recalled without the most important fact of all: why the Bible was written. Biblica, The International Bible Society, comments: "...Greek was the language of scholarship during the years of the composition of the New Testament from 50 to 100 AD. Since the New Testament books of the Bible are younger than the Old Testament collection, we naturally have more understanding about how the New Testament was written. The New Testament, however, is written in a completely different language: Greek. This would include the Exodus, the taking of Canaan, the appearance of the monarchy in Israel with Saul and then David, the fall of Jerusalem and the exile in Babylon. The Gospel of Mark (Peter’s story of Jesus to Mark) was well-circulated in the early years after Jesus’ ascension. Gradually this Greek translation of the Old Testament, called the Septuagint, was widely accepted and was even used in many synagogues. It also became a wonderful missionary tool for the early Christians, for now the Greeks could read God’s Word in their own tongue. This is consistent with the recorded episode of Hilkiah discovering the Book of the Law in the temple during the reign of King Josiah (630 B.C.). I “used it up.” So, too, we have what has remained and what has been found. Dr. John Wycliffe was the priest at Saint Mary’s at Oxford. That is the continuing power of the Word of God in the New Testament. Gerald Irvin Williamson, The Westminster Confession of Faith: For Study Classes (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Company, 1964). The thirty-nine book of the Hebrew and Imperial Aramaic writings revealing that there is One God who has covenanted to bring knowledge of Himself and redemption from sin by His Son to the ends of the earth through continues perfectly into the twenty-seven books—letters, testimonies, histories, all written in Koine Greek—emerging after the life, death, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth. It lists the date or date range (B.C.) Jesus knew the Bible as the lectionary (Scripture portions arranged for public reading) was read in his local synagogue. The first book of the Bible to be written, likely Genesis or Job, was completed around 1400 BC. We must remember, however, that though those documents survived, that doesn’t mean there were not earlier editions. Numbers--1445-1405 B.C. The books of the New Testament were recognized in time as the divine Word of God moving through His Apostles and disciples. The Song of Songs, for example, is often referred to as ‘The Song of Solomon’, but may not have been written by King Solomon himself. What they had created was 'laid up before the Lord.' The writings of other men who were not priests, such as Kings David and Solomon, and many of the prophets, were also submitted to the priesthood. The details of his life are recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus. These Bibles were taken by his band of preachers, called Lollards, and they exposited the truths of the Word of God. The very epitome of a pastor-scholar, Wycliffe not only wanted the Bible translated into the vernacular of the people he served but desired to see the Word of God preached in English throughout the Realm. Naturally, the Bible developed with Hebrew Scriptures and the Scriptures after Jesus Christ on through to the death of the Apostle John. And, finally, the restoration of the Israelite people to Jerusalem and the reforms of Ezra and Nehemiah. So, Wycliffe published dozens of copies of the Bible in English. He then gave the original scrolls of the Law, also called autographs, to the priests to be placed in special sleeves attached to the side of the Ark of the Covenant. There is little difference in method. Among the authors used by God were those who actually walked with Jesus (Matthew, Peter, and John) and had seen Jesus in His post-resurrection form (St. Paul). The believers, like in the New Testament, gathered those documents either because of the author (e.g., Moses) or because the text demonstrated unity, historicity, reliability, and impression was in concert with the other parts of the Word of God. So, contrary to what some might assume, there was no single meeting of the clerical minds to give a final stamp of ecclesiastical imprimatur. In his book named "Redating the New Testament," John A. T. Robinson demonstrates that the books in question were written relatively early. Zondervan Academic has an excellent summary in their article How Did We Get the Old Testament? Salem Media Group. They did not, however, use really high-class or classical Greek, but a very common and everyday type of Greek. While Wycliffe translated the Bible into English and made copies by hand, it was William Tyndale who actually printed the Bible in English. The ridicule dried up accordingly.". Those are the heroes. The existence of such additional wise Old Testament sayings is entirely reasonable as Solomon was known to have spoke 3,000 of them (1Kings 4:32). Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (Random House Publishing Group, 2004). All rights reserved. Many of those unbelievers who have read, like C.S. Parts of the Old Testament were written in an imperial Aramaic ( Genesis 31:47 ; Jeremiah 10:11 ; Ezra 4:8 – 6:18; 7:12–26 only). Furthermore, because of the thousands of ne… One way to think about the history of the English Bible is to consider prominent movements and individuals who led to putting the Bible in the hands of the people. It is the Holy Bible: a collection of sixty-six books composed and compiled over 2,000 years by forty authors on three continents. Let us be among those of whom it will be said, “They cared enough to share God’s Word with me.”, Michael A. Milton, PhD (University of Wales; MPA, UNC Chapel Hill; MDiv, Knox Seminary), Dr. Milton is a retired seminary chancellor and currently serves as the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary. It claims divinity but is written by people who are very much like any of us. Lewis, came to bow the knee to Jesus as Lord. He wrote nothing on his own initiative. * Chapters 1 to 29 of the book of Proverbs contain the sayings of King Solomon spoken between 970 and 930 B.C. The predominance of English as a common tongue throughout the world traces its incredible influence on the Lord’s powerful calling upon John Wycliffe and William Tyndale, Thomas Cranmer, John Knox, and the Seventeenth Century Puritans and Separatists (Pilgrims) who would establish English law and the Christian faith in America.3. Yet, their words are clung to as life and hope in our darkest hours. Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel = Samuel/Nathan/Gad - 1000 - 900 B.C. The texts that comprise the Old Testament are believed to have been written over a Bible scholars believe that Genesis was written by Moses, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, during the forty years that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness (1450 - 1410 B.C.). 3. Table II: Hebrew Bible/Protestant Old Testament But how about the Bible in English? The original canonized version contained twenty-two books, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The parts of the Old Testament not in Hebrew, namely, Ezra 4:8-6:18; 7:12-26; Jeremiah 10:11; Daniel 2:4-7:28, are in Aramaic (the so-called Chaldee), a related Semitic dialect, which, after the Exile, gradually displaced Hebrew as the spoken language of the Jews. The Old Testament was written from approximately 1400 B.C. In Genesis 12:1, God commanded Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee.It is because of the call of Abram (Abraham) to the land of Canaan that nearly all the Old Testament (except 268 verses) was written in the Hebrew language. It has shaped every facet of the human experience: literature, the arts, law, education, science, politics, and human relations. The following list arranges the books of the Bible according to their most probable dates. Rather, the ancient Church, believers in the Old Testament era, recognized the impression of the Holy Spirit on the text. "Was n't [the New Testament] written like 300 years after Jesus?" The text clearly shows personality. So the New Testament authors wrote in Greek. Mike and his wife, Mae, reside in North Carolina. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy = Moses - 1400 B.C. We have New-Testament MSS. The Old Testament is written in Hebrew, and a few passages in Aramaic. The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, projects universal truth that remains applicable to people around the world. But we can say that there was the first work published that we know of that contained the Old and New Testaments (with some additions, like the Shepherd of Hermas and Epistle of Barnabas, Apocryphal books that would later be of historical interest but without authentication of divine inspiration). : "There is abundant biblical and extra-biblical evidence that Moses wrote the Pentateuch during the wilderness wanderings after the Jews left their slavery in Egypt and before they entered the Promised Land (about 1445–1405 BC).". And Don Stewart with BlueLetterBible.org explains, "The books were probably recognized individually. As a collection of works, the Old Testament was composed over many years by numerous authors. Matthew, a Levite and tax collector, was one of the first disciples that Jesus had called to be an apostle. 70.". Bodie Hodge and Dr. Terry Mortenson state this about the Pentateuch in their Answers in Genesis article Did Moses Write Genesis? It is as though its content was breathed out with a goal of being breathed in. It was written from approximately the 1660s to the 400s B.C. This finalized the Pentateuch or first five books listed in most Bibles. They copied and sorted these sayings from other scrolls and including them as chapters 25 to 29 of the book of Proverbs (see Proverbs 25:1). The below list is in chronological order. Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible as interpreted among the various branches of Christianity.In Judaism the Hebrew Bible is not only the primary text of instruction for a moral life but also the historical record of God’s promise, first articulated in his covenant with Abraham, to consider the Jews his chosen people. Ultimately, all the writings collected over the years were officially made a permanent part of the Word of God by Ezra the priest. In fact , their authorship spans a period of about twelve centuries!The individual books of the Old Testament were written at different times. Though some say that the New Testament was written centuries after Christ died, perhaps 100-300 years, the truth is that it was written before the close of the first century by those who either knew Christ personally, had encountered him, or were under the direction of those who were His disciples. The fact that the Bible was written to a People, in a place, amidst their trials and joys, their living and dying, demonstrates the astounding relevance, relation, and reliability of God’s Word. (The Bible's Old Testament is thought to have been first written down in an ancient form of Hebrew.) Many people who have never read the Gospels and the Epistles have denigrated the New Testament as fiction. By this, we mean to say that there were not certain dates to locate. Matthew Mittelberg also explains the criteria used for canonization in his article How Do We Know the Right Books Made It into the New Testament? The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible, the sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith, written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC. These letters to churches were primarily concerned with clarifying doctrinal truths about Jesus and the way to be saved and ethical goals for the life of believers in the Church. A melting pot of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon tongues, Tyndale’s English became read in the parish churches throughout England and Wales and parts of Scotland and Ireland and gave the British Isles a single tongue. Exodus --1445-1405 B.C. Ezra, assisted by the priests and Levites of the Great Assembly, completed the final editing and canonization of the Scriptures in the late fifth century B.C. During his reign, however, only the first twenty-four chapters were written and compiled by the king specifically for the book (Proverbs 1:1). But later many records were uncovered of ordinary people, and amazingly there were the same common terms used in everyday speech! It is ancient and ever new. It is miraculous. Let us remember that it was written for you and delivered to you through the power of the Holy Spirit moving upon your mother and father, a grandparent, an aunt, a cousin, a pastor from your childhood, that coach who took the time to show you what really motivates him to go on, that Sunday school teacher when you were in the first grade, or that friend in high school who compassionately crossed that often avoided divide of “religion,” to share the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. But by then, Christians had been reading the New Testament as God's Word already for two centuries. And the Bible remains as contemporary today as it was when God wrote the Ten Commandments on stone tablets in the fourteenth century BC and gave them to Moses. Old Testament. Rather, the books of the New Testament were “received” (“moved and induced”) by the Church as God’s Word by numerous quantitative and qualitative factors.1 Chapter one of the Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes those factors in its article 5 (I have emphasized these features): “We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church to a high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Another answer from our community: Traditionally, the Old Testament was written from approximately 1400 B.C. these writings were then put into clearly defined divisions. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The astounding feature of this knowledge actually helps us to understand how the Old Testament was collected and compiled. If the books in my Bible don't follow a chronological arrangement, what was the order in which they were written? Traditionally, Old Testament works of poetry have been attributed to famous Biblical characters, but may not actually have been written by them. The sacred writings were always placed in the temple. Moses was chosen by God to deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. The second part of Christian Bibles is the New Testament, written in the Koine Greek language. Later, the book of Acts describes how the apostles gave themselves to “the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6:4)—that is, they began to write and compile the teachings of Jesus within the first year after His crucifixion in 30 AD. The Old Testament, as originally inspired, was divided into three major divisions. The fact that the Bible was written to a People, in a place, amidst their trials and joys, their living and dying, demonstrates the astounding relevance, relation, and reliability of God’s Word. 1445 to 1405Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,Numbers, DeuteronomyMoses, 1010 to 970Psalms 1 to 71,107 to 119, 135 to 150King David, 1010 to 970Psalms 73 to 88, 90 to 106Davidic priests, 970 to 930Psalm 72, Proverbs 1 to 29 *Ecclesiastes, Song of SolomonKing Solomon, 740 to 6861Samuel, 2Samuel,1Kings, Isaiah,2Kings (first part only)Isaiah, 627 to 585Jeremiah, Psalm 892Kings (last part only)Jeremiah. The New Testament may be simply divided into Gospels and Epistles. The study was led by Tel Aviv University (TAU) doctoral students Shira Faigenbaum-Golovina, Arie Shausa and Barak Sober. You may be referring to 325 AD, when the Council of Nicaea officially recognized the New Testament as having been written by God. Again, the beauty of the Bible is how God reaches men and women, boys and girls, by coming to us in our own language. The Bible is loved in Bombay as in Birmingham, in London as is Lisbon, and in Nepal as in Nicaragua. They recount the times and messages from Moses’ successor, Joshua, to the last of the Old Testament prophets, Malachi, who wrote his little tract around 450 BC. For many years some scholars ridiculed the Greek of the New Testament because many of its words were strange to those who read the writings of the great Greek classical authors such as Plato and Aristotle. Most likely, they were individually recognized as being canonical. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.”. The Geneva Bible (1599, translated for English speaking parishioners in that Reformation city and used by William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, John Milton, and the Pilgrims in America) and the King James Bible (1611) both used Tyndale’s Bible heavily. By the first century, the Church, the New Testament canon (that measurement of what is divinely written and what is not) that you now read in your quiet times, share with others in your witnessing, and teach your children, was settled. Indeed, the development of the Old Testament seems to have taken place according to turning points in Israel’s history. They were written over a period of about 1500 years from approximately 2000 B.C. First century writer Flavius Josephus tells us that the sacred writings were kept in the temple in Jerusalem before its destruction in A.D. 70. The Old Testament books were collected and compiled is an epic narrative worthy of its own book (indeed, books have been written about this). True, listing what’s in and what’s out would happen in time as Christianity defended herself against spurious pseudographs (e.g., the Gnostic Gospels’ Gospel of Thomas found by a farmer on a cliff in the Upper Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi).2 For instance, the Muratorian Canon and Eusebius’ Classification of the New Testament Books, both important to the concept of canon, merely recognized what the Church was already doing. The following dates are not exact because we cannot be … Then there is a 500-year period when no writings were contributed to the Bible. This is not yarn. The letters of Paul and Peter, Luke and Acts by Luke, and the other letters were copied and disseminated amongst the local Christian communities in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (especially, that part of the known world held by the Roman Empire). Despite the impressive diversity of authors, genre—from history to poetry, from prophecy to personal accounts—and languages, the Bible displays an irrefutable unity of purpose, undivided harmony of thought, an unfolding narrative that is both unified and progressive. Rather, God used human beings, including their unique idiosyncrasies, to bring about His Word to humankind. This was the beginning of the English Reformation and was the precursor to John Hus and, then, Martin Luther. So, around 300 BC a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek was undertaken, and it was completed around 200 BC. History has it that the first human inspired by God to write the Old Testament is when a particular section of the Bible was written, the book(s) that were authored and who penned them. Question: "How old is the Bible?" The Old Testament, it is well known, is written mostly in Hebrew; the New Testament is written wholly in Greek. Leviticus --1445-1405 B.C. From A.D. 33 until approximately A.D. 80, the Holy Spirit breathed out His Word in twenty-seven books and nine authors. The Deuterocanonical books fall largely in between. This Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus (the “Sinai Book,” derived from the location where a German Bible scholar discovered it on Saint Catherine’s’ Monastery), was published around 350 AD.5 Until that discovery by Dr. Constantin von Tischendorf in 1844, the Codex Vaticanus (“the Vatican Book” has been validated to also have been written in the mid-fourth century) was the only surviving Bible from the early Church. Well, that is a hard one. The New Testament was written in the common Greek of the day, Koine Greek. Tyndale, like Luther in Germany, is, in many ways, the Father of the modern English language. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic, and the New Testament in Greek. Hilkiah discovering the Book of the Law in the temple during the reign of King Josiah, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. This collection of ancient writings born out of oral tradition, self-attesting that Almighty God Himself inspired the Sacred Text as He spoke through the prophets, priests, and kings, as well as ordinary men and women, was recorded and compiled across hundreds of years. The fact is that many Jews could not even read Hebrew anymore, and this disturbed the Jewish leaders a lot! This is God with us. The New Testament was written during the first and second century AD and there are substantial documents dating from that period. Scholars say that some of the earliest individual books were written down probably beginning near the end of the thirteenth century BC — perhaps 1200 BC or so.The last Old Testament book to be written was 1 Maccabees, probably written around 100 BC. Before Tyndale’s translation into English (with the aid of Luther at Wittenberg) and before he published the English Bible (1525), the People of the British Isles lacked uniformity in language. The Old Testament was written primarily in Hebrew, with a few small sections written in Aramaic (essentially a variation of Hebrew). 2. Misunderstanding, contextualization problems, persecution, and false teachers became the forces that caused the writings and led to clarity, faithfulness, and further revelation about the mission of God in the world through Jesus Christ. The New Testament books were composed largely in the second half of the 1st century CE. It’s hardest to answer the question, “When was the Bible written?” for the Old Testament books. The Old Testament (often abbreviated OT) is the first part of the Christian biblical canon, which is based primarily upon the twenty-four books of the Hebrew Bible (or Tanakh), a collection of ancient religious Hebrew writings by the Israelites believed by most Christians and religious Jews to be the sacred Word of God. If you are ever in London, go to the British Museum and you will see the full New Testament at its earliest publication, with much of the Old Testament. Proud member The story of how the Old Testament books of the Bible is a saga of God’s faithfulness. There are minor language differences between the first books of the Old Testament and the last ones, because every language develops over time, and there is some variation in language use by different authors and literal genres. to approximately 400 B.C. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Joshua = Joshua - 1350 B.C. And John Wycliffe and William Tyndale would be the first to say they are. Parts of the Old Testament were written in an imperial Aramaic (Genesis 31:47; Jeremiah 10:11; Ezra 4:8–6:18; 7:12–26 only). of the Old Testament are limited to quite insignificant differences of vowels and more rarely of consonants. The Old Testament Scripture was probably collected by Ezra. Other scholars believe that most of the New Testament was written before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. Such usage by God demonstrates the validity of the Word and forms an open invitation for cynics and unbelievers to investigate the claims of the human authors. As always, the Word of God attests to its own purpose: “But these things are written that ye might believe, that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that in believing ye might have life through his Name.” (John 20:31 The Geneva Bible of 1599-60). The Old Testament was written in ancient Hebrew. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. E.g., F. F. Bruce, History of the Bible in English (Lutterworth Press, 2002). Archaeology and the study of written sources have shed light on the history of both halves of the Bible: the Old Testament, the story of the Jews’ highs and lows in the millennium or so before the birth of Jesus; and the New Testament, which documents the life and teachings of Jesus. Much of the Old Testament speaks of a redemption for mankind which will come in the form of the Messiah. As the Pilgrims came to America, and as the British Empire would cover the earth in one of the most benevolent dynasties in human history, the English Bible was carried to all of the world. The Old Testament: The Old Testament is a collection of texts which were written by Jewish religious leaders and are included in the Christian Bible. This is no fable. There is much more controversy over when the Old Testament books were written vs the New Testament books. The following table lists out the order of the books as they were written. The textual variants in the MSS. When the first five books of the Old Testament are carefully examined, they demonstrate that what was written by Moses were the actual words of the Lord God. The Old Testament scriptures were composed and compiled across time. Later, God used priests such as Samuel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, descendants of Aaron, to pen other books of the Old Testament. The Old Testament deals primarily with the relationship between God and the nation of Israel. The Bible was written over approximately 1600 years in three different languages, on three different continents, by 40 different authors. to approximately 400 B.C. See. Years later, during the reign of Judah's King Hezekiah (715 to 686), men who had access to the royal archives discovered other proverbs by Solomon not included in his original work. When the recognition that the prophetic gift had been removed from the nation (about 400 B.C.) From the internal evidence of his Gospel, it seems probable that he was taking notes of Jesus’ teachings from the beginning of His ministry in 26 AD. Some of the most moving words that I have ever read are inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery: “Here rests, in Honored Glory, an American Soldier, known but to God.”. What are the three sources of temptation. Far from it, some of the authors are murderers, people with “a painful past,” and people that, quite frankly, you might not want as friends. The books after Moses were written by a number of different people during a one thousand year period. of Was the Hebrew Bible written earlier than previously thought? The date range for each book can vary from one scholar to another by as little as a few years, to as much as 100 years (or more). There is literally nothing like it in the world. No one has any idea, although I would definitely say we can be farely confident not a single one dates as late as the "1st centuries BC" as Duane speculates. written not much more than 300 years after the composition of the books, and in them we find numerous differences, though but few of them are important. For example, I do not believe that I have the first Bible I used in the pastoral ministry. As Thomas Cranmer composed the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 (with help from John Calvin and John Knox), that was revised until its near-present form was published in 1662, English speaking people had both the Bible and a prayer book in their own language. 1. The New Testament nor the Old came about this way. Of course, the Guttenberg printing press (1450s) became the iPhone of its day and by means of the Protestant Reformation, made the Bible available to Europeans and the British Isles in their respective languages. When all the evidence is considered we have a consistent testimony to the existence of sacred writings from the time of Moses until the time that the second temple was destroyed in the year A.D. What is it? We have traced how the Bible was written in this little article. He is the President of Faith for Living and the D. James Kennedy Institute a long-time Presbyterian minister, and Chaplain (Colonel) USA-R. Dr. Milton is the author of more than thirty books and a musician with five albums released. Sometimes their sins are far greater than ours. The first division was the Law, the second was the Prophets, and the third was the Writings (which included the Psalms and Proverbs). To “compile” intimates an intentional time and place in which various documents or fragments are united into one. Answer: Since the Bible was written by around 40 different authors over a period of around 1,500 years, the question “How old is the Bible?” cannot be answered with a single number. 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