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How Did We Get the Bible?

How Did We Get the Bible? The History Book on Bible Translation There is no specific place or day or time for the inception of what we know as the Bible. Instead, the Bible was written by 40 differ- ent authors over a span of 1,500 years as God revealed his mes- sage to humankind and appointed different people to record that message. The 66 books that comprise the collected and written Word of God came to us by God's initiative, guidance and grace. Early Translations/ Translators Date Description The Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, was translated into Greek by approximately 70 Jewish scholars 250 BC Septuagint The Septuagint was translated into Latin and was the first Bible to include all 66 books; this became known as the Vulgate The Original Bible Manuscripts ca. AD 400 The Vulgate Old Testament New Testament Who Wrote Them and Why? 2 Sam. 23:1–2; 1 Cor. 2:7–13; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; Heb. 2:3–4; 2 Pet. 3:1-2,15-16 Prophets or people chosen by God were called to deliver his Apostles or men directly associated with the Venerable Bede was the first to translate sections of both testaments from Latin 7th century Venerable Bede apostles were inspired by God to write in order to address the needs of message to his people into Anglo-Saxon John Wycliffe John Wycliffe was the first to translate the Bible from Latin (directly from the Vulgate) into English; his translation was known as Wycliffe's Bible 1380–1384 specific individuals or churches How Were They Written? Deut. 18:18; 31:24-26 Hebrew scribes meticulously copied the words of the Old Testament prophets onto scrolls in Hebrew and Aramaic The Gospels began as oral traditions that were eventu- ally compiled and written; the individual writings of the New Testament were written on scrolls in Greek William Tyndale William Tyndale produced the first English translation of parts of the Bible from original languages; his was the first English New Testament to be printed on a press 1525 and then sent to intended individuals and churches across many regions King James of England created what became known as the King James Version of the Bible 1611 King James The writings became worn out as they were passed from person to person and church to church; they were recopied by hand many times How Were Jewish scribes were meticulous when copying manuscripts They Preserved? How Do We Know the Writings Are Authentic? Modern Bible Translations Passages within the Bible itself refer to other writings in the Bible, authenticating the truth and unity of the message Accuracy in copies of Old Testament writings is proven when comparing the words to earlier manuscripts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls We can choose from many Bible translations that help modern readers understand God's Word even though it was written in another culture, thousands of years ago. Some versions prioritize the form or structure of the language-bringing it close to what the original writers wrote. Other versions prioritize the meaning-bringing it close to what the original writers meant. And finally, some versions, including the New International Version (NIV), prioritize both-bringing the reader as close as they can get to the experience of the original audience by allowing them to perceive the form of the original and the meaning of the original at the same time. Jesus confirmed the authority of the Old Testament as God's Word Writings by first- and second- century philosophers and church fathers refer to Bible writings as God's Word (for example, Philo, Josephus, Clement and Polycarp) Matt. 5:18–19; 15:3–6; Luke 24:27; 2 Pet. 1:19

How Did We Get the Bible?

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Have you ever wondered who wrote the Bible, or how we got the versions we read today? This image from the NIV Quickview Bible gives insight into the answer to these questions.


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