JAN 2024


How did we get our Bibles complete with 66 books; 39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New? Surely, it can only be by the inspiration and control of God. We have the work of forty authors over fifteen hundred years together in one volume with the same consistent message, but obviously not their own work. The Bible could never have been the work of one, or many men.

We have only to look at the epistle of Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:19-21, to verify the divine origin of the Bible; not only that, we also have the evidence of prophecy.

Possibly the Jewish Levitical priests collected together the works of the Law, Psalms and Prophets about 400BCE. The Old Testament was essentially in Hebrew, until the Septuagint Greek translation about 250BCE.

The oldest collection of Divine works are the Dead Sea Scrolls, which contain parts of thirty-eight Old Testament books with other non-scriptural material. The dates of writing vary from about 100BCE, to just after the birth of Jesus.

The New Testament was also written under God’s inspiration and completed by about 90AD. The earliest nearly complete record of both Testaments, is the Codex Sinaiticus completed in the second half of the 4th Century AD. Some parts are now missing, and it also contains some of the Apocryphal books.

The first printed Bible was in Latin by Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany, in 1455. Today we hear readings and quotes from the Authorised Version (AV), New King James Version (NKJV), English Standard Version (ESV), and the New International Version (NIV).  Over 5 billion Bibles have been sold, but I’m sure only a few read completely.

The fact that the Bible was written by so many authors, over such an extended period, and so long ago, and still so widely available in most countries, demonstrates to us that it is the inspired word of God, and preserved by Him.

We have this “more sure word of prophecy”, and are instructed to read it, and to endeavour to live by it.  The Bible truly is miraculous.

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