Wikimedia Commons Moses, as painted by Rembrandt. The Codex, while not only translating Hebrew and Greek manuscripts into all Greek, documents the dramatic shift of preserving texts in a bound book form rather than the tradition of writing on scrolls. The bible is up there for oldest, not as a full collection (which is what it is, a collection of 66 smaller books) but the book of Job is considered one of the oldest as it was written about 3,500 years ago. But your positive experience would not be enough to get that plane to London. It’s a classic, written by Plato around 380 B.C. Few people doubt Plato’s writing of “The Republic.” It’s a classic, written by Plato around 380 B.C. Written by 40 authors over a period of nearly 1,500 years, Scripture is comprised of 66 books—39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. The First Song Ever is Written! If the books in my Bible don't follow a chronological arrangement, what was the order in which they were written? Old Testament. … Gradually this Greek translation of the Old Testament, called the Septuagint, was widely accepted and was even used in many synagogues. It does not answer all the questions we might have, but enough of them. 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. The Bible not only inspires us, it explains life and God to us. ...Christus [Christ], from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus...."9, Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian (A.D. 38-100), wrote about Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities. This seems strange, since you might think it would be either Hebrew or Aramaic. "The Dead Sea Scrolls" contained Old Testament scripture dating 1,000 years older than any manuscripts we had. Easier Said Than Done? In A.D. 367, Athanasius formally listed the 27 New Testament books (the same list that we have today). The following list arranges the books of the Bible according to their most probable dates. During the 1500s, the very idea of an English language Bible was shocking and subversive. At the time of their writing, there were still people alive who had heard Jesus speak, watched him heal people and perform miracles. A.D. 1790 - Matthew Carey publishes a Roman Catholic Douay-Rheims Version English Bible in America. Sure enough, no later than 1455 Gutenberg was printing Bibles. Four of the writers of the New Testament each wrote their own biography on the life of Jesus. All are within 50-225 years of their original writing. Each of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, read like news reports, a factual accounting of the days events, each from their own perspective. So if you substitute written with printed, then yes the Bible was, at least one of, the first works printed on the printing press. (8) McDowell, Josh. SHOW MENU. The world's oldest known Christian Bible goes online Monday -- but the 1,600-year-old text doesn't match the one you'll find in churches today. CLOSE. These texts include theologically-focused historical accounts, hymns, prayers, proverbs, parables, didactic letters, erotica, poetry, and prophecies. The last book of the Bible to be written, likely Revelation, was completed around AD 90. The fact is that many Jews could not even read Hebrew anymore, and this disturbed the Jewish leaders a lot! The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999), p. 55. If it were fiction, there are portions of it that would have been written differently. You could rely on your positive experience of past flights. Soon after, Jerome and Augustine circulated this same list. The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian.Wycliffe, (also spelled “Wycliff” & “Wyclif”), was well-known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. But real life isn't always smooth. The earliest copies we have of it are dated 900 A.D., which is a 1,300 year time lag from when he wrote it. This is because, for centuries, the English Church had been governed from Rome, and church services were by law conducted in Latin. What the New Testament writers originally wrote is preserved better than any other ancient manuscript. ). The accuracy of today’s Old Testament was confirmed in 1947 when archaeologists found “The Dead Sea Scrolls” along today's West Bank in Israel. People do react oddly. We can be more certain of what we read about Jesus’ life and words, than we are certain of the writings of Caesar, Plato, Artistotle and Homer. Who Wrote The Bible: The First Five Books. Is the New Testament an accurate, reliable presentation of Jesus? They did not, however, use really high-class or classical Greek, but a very common and everyday type of Greek. The first book ever written was not really a book. The first part of the Bible - the Old Testament, was put together at around 200-300 BC, but written a lot before that. Many people think that it’s so named because James had a hand in writing it, but that’s not the case. The reports in the New Testament books lined up with what thousands of eyewitnesses had seen for themselves. Skip to table of contents. Most cults and western religions are just remixes of their ideas even to this day. No! Then archaeologists discovered the Black Stele. By way of translation, we now have His revelation in our own language and in 2300 other languages, too. Others think that Moses wrote the first 5 books in the old testament, after God dictated them to him. Evidence That Demands a Verdict (1972), p. 19. The best test of the Gospels authenticity is to read it for yourself. (11) Ibid. For example, a theory still taught in some colleges today asserts that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), because writing had not been invented in his day. According to both Jewish and Christian Dogma, the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (the first five books of the Bible and the entirety of the Torah) were all written by Moses in about 1,300 B.C. Not a single word has been added, removed or changed since then. If you were taking a flight to London, you would probably have faith that the jet is fueled and mechanically reliable, the pilot trained, and no terrorists on board. 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