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Who Wrote the Bible?

by Stacia McKeever on May 22, 2017

Illustrations by Paul Agner

The authors wrote their inspired books through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16). This means that God the Holy Spirit guided the minds of the writers so that all of the words they recorded in their own distinctive styles on the original scrolls were exactly what God wanted them to write and were without error (2 Peter 1:21).

Author

The men who penned the books listed in the Old Testament (OT) wrote mainly in the Hebrew language, although a few parts were written in Aramaic. The writers of the New Testament (NT) books wrote mainly in the common language of their time—Greek.

Less than 1,000 years ago, the Bible was translated into English so that English-speaking people could read it.

Word to Know

Scripture: This word was used by the NT authors to refer to the sacred books of the OT (Mark 12:10; 2 Timothy 3:15) and also to other books of the NT (2 Peter 3:15–16; 1 Timothy 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16). Christ Himself said, “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

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Who Wrote the Bible?

The authors wrote their inspired books through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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