There are numerous theories about when books of the Bible were written. Using internal clues and writing styles, Bible scholars have come up with their own theory about the authors of the first five books of the bible. For instance, books containing a lot of “thee’s” are likely written by an early author. Then, they can compare the styles of different early books to build profiles of various authors. The “E” author(s) are generally credited with writing Genesis chapter one, which is the creation account of God.
External evidence shows all 27 books of the bible were written in the first century A.D.
Most of us know that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament, but what we may not realize is that the apostles fleshed out and recorded the life of Jesus, including his teachings. These writings comprise the New Testament. These writings were written in the 50s to 70s A.D. The Gospel of John and the Gospel of Luke are also included, but they were written later. The apocryphal gospels, which claim to be written by the apostles, date to the 2nd century.
Another important point to make is that the Old Testament makes clear that God created all things by His word. In fact, the Fourth Gospel’s prologue states that all things came into being through Jesus and none did without Him. God’s plan for the universe was made clear in Jn 3:16. It is this conviction that sets the tone for the entire Bible. There are many other examples of Scriptures that are written in the first century A.D.
Authorship of 1 and 2 Samuel is unknown
The first two books of the Hebrew Old Testament were originally one book. As the Hebrew Old Testament was translated into the Greek Septuagint, the book of Samuel was separated into two parts, 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. While these books were likely written at the same time, Samuel was later divided into two separate books because scrolls were not large enough to accommodate both volumes. The Hebrew Masoretic text of the books of Samuel and Jeremiah is notoriously difficult to read and understand. Many scholars now reject the Masoretic text of the books in favor of the Greek, which is more representative of the original Hebrew texts.
Although the books are anonymous, the Jewish tradition attributes them to the prophet and judge Samuel. It is possible that he was not the sole author, as he died soon after the events associated with his life in 1 Sam. 25:1 – but this cannot be certain. Also, Nathan and Gad would not have been alive when the books were written. So the authorship of 1 and 2 Samuel is unclear.
Dates of writing of other books in the bible
There is considerable debate over the dates of writing of other books of the Bible, including the Gospel of John, which is one of the first books in the New Testament. While most scholars believe that John’s gospel was written after the other gospels, there is evidence to suggest that it was written prior to this date. In other words, John could have written his book before 70 or even earlier. Some scholars have estimated dates between 55 and 95 AD.
The Hebrew word “Torah” means “instruction,” and the first five books of the Pentateuch are called the Torah. They are written in the order of their respective dates, and are often attributed to different people. According to Jewish tradition, the book of Joshua was written after Moses, but parts of it may have been written before him. It is also possible that parts of Psalms were written before the final edition. However, this is highly unlikely.
Dissemination by word of mouth
The Hebrew Scriptures were transmitted to the people by word of mouth for centuries. The earliest accounts of Jesus were recorded in Hebrew skins about 400 years before Jesus was born. These stories were gathered into collections known as the Gospels. These collections form about half of the New Testament. The earliest writings in the New Testament probably are the letters written by the apostle Paul to scattered followers of Jesus.
The stories contained in the Bible were passed from generation to generation by word of mouth, often in the form of oral tales or poetry. The stories were often used to create a sense of collective identity for the tribes of Israel. After the stories were passed down through word of mouth, they were written down. Today, the Bible has been translated into many languages. Here are a few of the most popular translations: