The Bible - What is it? Who wrote it?

The Bible - What is it? Who wrote it?

The Bible, from the Greek word Biblia, which means "Books", is a collection of many writings in many forms, from the hands of many people. It was written over a period of many years, and is a wonderful and unique Book. The period in which it was written, was from about 1500 before Christ to +100 years after Christ.

Its composition is, without faith, utterly inexplicable to the human mind. But we must understand that it is in truth the Word of God (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). God is eternal, and through those years that it was written, He used different people to bring ONE MESSAGE to the people of all times and generations (Read Hebrews 1:1).

If we wish to condense the message of the whole Bible into one verse, we can do so by memorizing John 3:16. "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The Bible consists of 66 books, 39 of which were originally written in the Hebrew language with certain portions in Aramaic. This is the Old Testament. The rest, namely 27, which form the New Testament, were written in Greek. The Bible has been translated into many languages and is still being translated into more and more languages.

Other names of the Bible are: The Scriptures, Holy Scripture, the Word of God and was also called "The Divine Library."

If we examine the question: What is the Bible? a little closer we can say: It is God's Word to everyone. It is God's letter for you and me in which He tells us the best news on earth. It tells us that God loves us, that although all are born sinners, because we inherited the sinful nature as children of Adam who fell into sin, God provided a way ö an only way ö whereby we can be saved. When Jesus hung on Calvary's cross, he paid the full price for our redemption. No sinner need die if he will accept the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour.

The real answer to the question: Who wrote the Bible? can be condensed in one short answer: The Holy Spirit, the Third Person in the Trinity of God (2 Peter 1:21).

How did He do it? By revealing to the different writers the words that they should write. Just think of it: He did that, as we stated above, over about 1500-1700 years. Some of the inspired writers were Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Asaph, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and many others.

Conclusion: The Bible is the Book of books. And although there are other ancient religious books, the Bible is (so says someone) the sun in the centre of all other religious records. It is and will always be the Word of Almighty God to every human being (Psalm 119:105). It is God's love letter to you. Read it, enjoy it, and allow it to change your life.