Who wrote the Bible?
Good question, right?
Well, some kids in the video gave some possible answers to that question. Here are some of their thoughts:
- lots of people who love Jesus
- only one
- maybe two people
- lots of writers
- the disciples, apostles
- God made the Bible
- prophets and apostles
- some people who listened to God and write down what he says
Did God write the Bible?
Not necessarily. The Bible is referred to as “God’s Word.” It means that it is inspired by God, but not actually written by him. To be inspired means to breathe or blow into.
In essence, inspiration means:
God breathed into people the ideas and thoughts he wanted them to write about.
God inspired humans to write and they chose the words. In other words, the Bible is God’s truth communicated through people’s words.
Who were the people who God used to write the books of the Bible?
- Moses wrote the Torah or Pentateuch, which are the 5 books of the Bible
- Ezra wrote 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah
- David authored most of the Psalms
- Solomon wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs
- The major and minor prophets were written by the men those books are named for
- Jeremiah probably wrote Lamentations
- The Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
- Acts was also written by Luke
- John also wrote 1, 2 and 3 John as well as what he saw in the Revelation
- James, the brother of Jesus, wrote James
- The disciple Peter wrote 1 and 2 Peter
- Paul wrote most of the epistles in the NT from Romans thru Philemon
What about the books we don’t know who the author is?
We don’t know.
How can we trust them if we don’t know who wrote them?
We don’t trust the Bible because we know who wrote them. We trust them because they’re in the Bible. We believe God not only inspired the authors, but also the process by which they made it into the Bible. (Phil Vischer)
So how did the process of canonization work and how can we trust it? That’s for next time.
source What’s in the Bible? Curriculum Unit 1 Week 2