WHEN IT WAS WRITTEN
- The books of Bible were written between 2,000 and 3,400 years ago
- They reveal the history of the world from the beginning of time
- They tell the unfolding story of God’s activity to reunite us with him
“Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write and orderly account for you….so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, was written about 1,400BC (over 3,400 years ago) and described events and persons that lived many hundreds of years before all the way back to the first two people – Adam and Eve. The last book of the Old Testament section was written about 400BC. Most of these Old Testament books were written originally in the Hebrew language spoken by the Jews. Some parts were written in Aramaic which was similar to Hebrew.
The books of the New Testament were written after Jesus had ascended to heaven. Revelation, the last book, was written around AD100. These books were written mostly in Greek which was the common language during the time when Jesus lived on the earth. A few phrases are also in Aramaic.
That means the Bible is the collection of writings from a period of over 1,500 years. They tell the unfolding story of God’s activity in our world. That activity centers on his act of love to send a savior to reunite fallen humanity with the God who created them.
The different books of the Bible originally didn’t have the chapter and verse markings we have today. The chapter divisions we use came into use in the 13th century. The verse divisions were added by a printer in the 16th century. These are helpful to find specific passages but are not the original divisions within the flow of the message.