Who wrote the Holy Bible?

I go to a Catholic High School, and our teachers encourage us to read the Bible. As I read, I always think of who wrote the Old and New Testament. Any Ideas?


Seriously, Don't tell me some stupid answer off the top of your head.

18 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy = Moses - 1400 B.C.

    Joshua = Joshua - 1350 B.C.

    Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel = Samuel/Nathan/Gad - 1000 - 900 B.C.

    1 Kings, 2 Kings = Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

    1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah = Ezra - 450 B.C.

    Esther = Mordecai - 400 B.C.

    Job = Moses - 1400 B.C.

    Psalms = several different authors, mostly David - 1000 - 400 B.C.

    Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon = Solomon - 900 B.C.

    Isaiah = Isaiah - 700 B.C.

    Jeremiah, Lamentations = Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

    Ezekiel = Ezekiel - 550 B.C.

    Daniel = Daniel - 550 B.C.

    Hosea = Hosea - 750 B.C.

    Joel = Joel - 850 B.C.

    Amos = Amos - 750 B.C.

    Obadiah = Obadiah - 600 B.C.

    Jonah = Jonah - 700 B.C.

    Micah = Micah - 700 B.C.

    Nahum = Nahum - 650 B.C.

    Habakkuk = Habakkuk - 600 B.C.

    Zephaniah = Zephaniah - 650 B.C.

    Haggai = Haggai - 520 B.C.

    Zechariah = Zechariah - 500 B.C.

    Malachi = Malachi - 430 B.C.

    Matthew = Matthew - A.D. 55

    Mark = John Mark - A.D. 50

    Luke = Luke - A.D. 60

    John = John - A.D. 90

    Acts = Luke - A.D. 65

    Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon = Paul - A.D. 50-70

    Hebrews = unknown, mostly likely Paul, Luke, Barnabas, or Apollos - A.D. 65

    James = James - A.D. 45

    1 Peter, 2 Peter = Peter - A.D. 60

    1 John, 2 John, 3 John = John - A.D. 90

    Jude = Jude - A.D. 60

    Revelation = John - A.D. 90

  • carl
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    We can divide the old testament into the law, the prophets, and the writings. Generally, the Law comes to us through Moses. There were various prophets like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hezekiah, etc. There are a number of other writings with various authors. King David authored many of the Psalms.

    The new testament authors include the Apostles and their close companions. The early Church Fathers generally thought that Matthew wrote Matthew, John wrote John, Luke wrote Luke and Acts, and Mark wrote Mark. It is thought Peter was behind Mark as he wrote it. And Paul was behind much of Luke. Paul wrote much of the epistles. Peter wrote 1 and 2 Peter. There is also Revelations which is believed to be John who also wrote 1-3 John.

  • 8 years ago


    As many as 40 authors wrote the Bible over a period of more than 1,500 years (from 1500 B.C. to about A.D. 100).

    The 40 authors differed widely in their culture and education, and with personality and intellectual perception, and yet the books they wrote do not contradict one another.

    The first books of the Bible were written by Moses, and the last by John. Moses wrote the first 5 about 3,500 years ago, and John the last, 1,600 years later.

    Some 30 authors wrote the books of the Old Testament. Their lives covered a period of about 1,200 years.

    The New Testament was written by 8 men in a period of about 50 years: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude. At least 4 of these men were disciples of Christ.

    The Bible deals with the subjects of history, biography, poetry, speeches, proverbs, songs, parables, prophecies, romances, drama, tragedies, sermons, dialog, and ethical teachings.

    The English Old Testament in the Greek, or Septuagint, version is divided into 4 parts: The Pentateuch, History, Poetry, and Prophecy. The Hebrew is traditionally divided into 3 parts: The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms. Jesus so referred to it in Luke 24:44.

    The New Testament has 3 main parts: history (the 4 Gospels and Acts), doctrine (in the Epistles), and prophecy (Revelation).

    The New Testament may also be grouped into 4 Gospels, one book of history, 21 letters to churches and individuals—or 14 Epistles of Paul and 7 General Epistles—and one prophetic book.

    The Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language, except that portions of Ezra and Daniel were written in Aramaic. The 27 New Testament books are Generally acknowledged to have been written in Greek, the universal language of that time.


  • 8 years ago

    A lot of the authors are unknown. We don't know who wrote the first four books of the Bible (the Torah), though from the language and the place names we can guess they were written in the 8th century. Parts of Deuteronomy, and all of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings were written by the Deuteronomist in the 6th century using older sources we don't know of. The first forty verses of Isaiah were written by either Isaiah or someone living around his time while the rest of that book was written in the 6th and 5th centuries. The Psalms were written as liturgical pieces for the temple, so they could have been written any time between around 1000 - 600BC. Even in the New Testament it's not obvious. You'd think it would be because most of them are named, but those names are guesses made by the early church fathers. For example, Acts 4:13 says that Peter and John never went to school (and in those days if you didn't go to school, you couldn't read and write) so how could they have written their parts of the Bible?

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  • 8 years ago

    Jehovah God used 40 men to pen the Bible over a period of more than 1500 years.

  • 8 years ago

    the old testament; myth or truth. the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8) the validity of the new testament this is the word that came to jeremiah from the lord; this is what the lord, the God of Israel, says: wtite in a book all the words i have spoken to you. (jeremiah 30:1,2

  • Owen
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    about 40 different men, over the course of over 1500 years!!!

    Heres why I believe in God and JEsus

    1. the big bang could not have come from nothing. What ever has a beginning has a cause, and the universe had a beginning, and the cause must be transcendent. also outside our realm of time space and matter

    2. Thanks to our outstanding discovery of the DEAD SEA SCROLLS we have been able to compare our current copies of the Old Testament, to the ancient manuscripts written on papyrus and animal skins, and have come to the conclusion that our copies have NOT been changed drastically. the only difference between the ancient manuscripts and the newer ones are grammar improvements.

    3. with that being said we now have proof that the Old Testament has not been changed over time. In the Old Testament there are many prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, which are specific claims of Jesus coming to earth.

    a few are::

    Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5)

    Messiah would be born of a virgin (isaiah 7:14) "14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.(God with us)"

    He will be a desendent of David (Jeremiah 33:15-16) "“‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’"

    Messiah's price money would be used to buy a potter's field. (Zechariah 11:12-13) [[very specific, and fulfilled]]

    Also, the entire chapter of ISAIAH 53 is about JESUS himself, even the crucifixion part.

    And you cant say that "oh any one could have wrirtten these General claims."

    No these claims are specific

    and you cant say "They were added on later"

    no, the evidence is the discovery of the dead sea scrolls. research them yourself, there is a lot of info on them.

    Also there are various archaeological discoveries which back up the bible.

    (atheists used to claim, Jesus never existed, Jesus was never CRUCIFIED [see sources] bethlehem never existed, they used to claim david and solomon never existed.. and many others which have been discovered in archaeology.)

    4. Personal experience, I have heard testimonies of broken bones being healed, by christians who witnessed them. also, lying about a miracle of God is called Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which is very serious.

    5. Other christians experiences [see sources]

    6. manuscript evidence of the New testament agrees with out New testament to an infintecimal degree.

    7. no other Holy Book prophecies about the future, and has the amount of evidence of it being true.

    for more information, you can read my essay which is in the sources

    do your own research, and research the research! Research more research of research on the bible.

    Source(s): http://www.scribd.com/doc/114326331/Final-Draft [essay about The Bible] http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlist... [44 prophecies of Jesus] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls [dead see scrolls] "Dead sea scrolls text comparison" http://www.testimonies.com.au/ [amazing testimonies, over a hundred about finding Jesus [some experienced hell] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvIbqf7MuE0 [ATHEIST DIED AND WENT TO HELL PART 1/2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF_gJgILBiE [ATHEIST DIED AND WENT TO HELL PART 2/2] I encourage you to watch the entire thing! very amazing
  • Bill
    Lv 4
    8 years ago


    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

  • Except 10 commandment that moses accept directly from god, it's all wrote by different people. Some christian say it was inspired by God altough human that wrote it. I don't know it's true or not, there's no proof ^_^ .

  • 8 years ago

    Humans did. That is why there are variations in them.

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