Case-Making 101: Is the Bible written by eyewitnesses of the events?
by Teri Dugan
Eyewitness Accounts: Many people think the Bible is just like other “holy books” telling mythological stories or giving philosophical advice. Not true! Upon close examination one will find that the Bible with its 66 different books is written by at least 40 authors who were either eyewitnesses of the accounts or who record eyewitness testimony. These authors came and went over a period of about 1500 years yet they are so cohesive in their subject matter and theme to the point that the 66 books flow as one. In addition the Bible’s content and preservation is unmatched in ancient literature.
One of the most amazing things about the Bible authors is that they wrote ancient historical narratives that contain factual people, places, events and times. How do we know that? The authors’ testimony is supported by historical, archeological and literary discoveries outside the Bible. Not only did the authors write historically accurate accounts, they recorded actual eyewitness testimony that can be corroborated.
Old Testament: To be fair there are a lot of scholars, Christian and non-Christian, that debate the authorship of many books of the Old Testament. I don’t have a problem with that since God is the author and finisher of His Word, and the writers He used to record it were inspired by the Holy Spirit. However, I believe there is enough evidence to support traditional authorship because 1) the Hebrew language is one of the oldest known languages and has been preserved and studied over the centuries, and 2) Jewish tradition back to the times of these Old Testament events supports the acknowledgment of these authors.
Here is the traditional chronological order (ca.) for the books of the Bible, their authors and dates written…
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