A Layman's Guide to Who Wrote the Books of the Bible?

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AuthorHouse, 2007 - Religion - 372 pages
"Bible" as used in the title of this book refers to the Bibles used by mainstream American Jews, Roman Catholics and Protestants. This book deals with the books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including those of the Apocrypha. This is a study of the people who wrote the books of the Bible and of the historical, political and social settings in which they wrote and of the factors that caused the authors to write. The search for the authors and what motivated them to write takes the readers into the origins of the stories that make up a large part of the Bible. While many popular and scholarly books have been written about the authorship of specific books of the Bible, this is the only book known to the author that deals with all of the books of the Bible in less than several volumes. It is in laymen's language with footnotes suggesting where readers can find further information for expanded study. Where scholars have offered differing views of biblical matters that affect the determination of authorship, this book presents the various views - in laymen's language. Because many of the authors of the books of the Bible wrote in response to the social and political situations in which they lived, this book looks into those situations. For example: The exile of the Hebrews of Judah to Babylon set the stage for the collection and editing of what became the first books of the Old Testament. The person or team who did that work did so as preparation for taking "the law" back to Judah and Jerusalem. In a not-too-dissimilar fashion, the political and social climate of the Roman Empire in the first three centuries A.D. caused Christians to gather and worship in secret, isolated groups. That led to the development of aberrant local doctrines, such as Gnosticism. That in turn contributed to the flow of correspondence between Christians. Some of that correspondence became or contributed to the books of the New Testament. Another example: When Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome in A.D. 318, the previously hidden schisms came to the surface. That led to the Council of Nicea and the debate between Arius and Athanasius about the nature of Jesus and to the writing of the Nicene Creed stating belief in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those events helped to set the tone for at least some of the books of the New Testament. It is all there in laymen's language. Read, learn and enjoy! C. Jack Trickler
 

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Contents

The Canon
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when they are forced to deal with either contradictions or
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If after reading this book you wish to delve further
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It will be useful to have a sense of how
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ancient Hebrew is how readers determined when a letter was
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the Mediterranean One interesting theory is that the route of
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But consider the immigrant who is learning modern English and
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followed it when for nearly forty years 13781417 there were
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Zephaniahs heritage must have helped him get attention and get
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Thus says the Lord of Hosts
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I then said to them If it seems right to
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sacrifice something that Malachi pointed out that they would not
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limited understanding that becomes the only perception of Christianity
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precisely Stephen an early follower of Jesus was an apostle
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so in a way that showed their whole history was
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the transition from paganism to Christianity easier for pagans and
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to the authors of Genesis she says
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of the Assyrian conquest of Israel They were a part
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Deuteronomy
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question implies about the rest of Chronicles However Darwin was
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22 Now the rest
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of Ezra is not as neat and orderly as is
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have been in 433 BC Nehemiahs trip to the king
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The Catholic Study Bible2 based on The New American Bible
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written there is little doubt as to the central purpose
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Chapter 22 They generally agree that the third segment is
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purpose have received radically contrary interpretations To begin with we
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BC and then ties it down to being perhaps around
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terms of what the writer is arguing against and then
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governmental actions that classified Jews so as to tax them
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the book of Wisdom? The answer can only be that
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and Uriah These and other such prophets and Moses are
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PreBahylon Exile PreExilic Prophets
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that the shoot after becoming king shall kill the wicked
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Testament prophets One reason for that is Second Isaiahs clear
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worked in the Babylonian exile and wrote an addendum to
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next three which are also attributed to Jeremiah and Baruch
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of King Josiah in 627 BC Scholars suggest the recording
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That evolution of thinking about life after death took on
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century BC Recent evidences particularly the Dead Sea Scrolls
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they have regarded it as a prophetic preview of several
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same events that provoked the Maccabean Revolution Those were the
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No 2Joel
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That is an interesting reversal of the familiar phrase from
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blessings that would flow from Gods beneficence when God saw
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The fact that Amos was from smaller more rural Judah
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and told the sort of allegorical story that would be
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In the days to come
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and to walk humbly with your God?
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His way is in whirlwind and storm
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and justice never prevails
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who taught Aristotle who taught Alexander the Great Plato recorded
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Their stories are fascinating For a concise description of their
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The Gospel of John speaks of the Word and gives
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It was the nineteenth year of Diocletians reign and the
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interested in learning more about Constantine may want to read
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of years after the collapse of the western part of
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Roman Empire and a major center of Judaism and Christianity
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different understandings of Jesus and the proper Christian life These
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The Roman Empire had stayed intact
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asked if they had any idea where the Leader was
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The matter of who wrote this gospel whether it was
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Where are you going?
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controversy in Ephesus about the meaning of the document John
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not based on the Gospels of Matthew and of Luke
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They
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would have been a searching for a renewal of old
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more on this sort of problem when we get to
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Phil ippians of sometime before 5051 had been resolved
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The letters to the Colossians and Ephesians are flaccid and
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or Simeon Simon the rock became Peter and having gone
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It should be noted that there were and are many
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The battle between the mainline centrist Christians and the Gnostics
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922 BC After Solomons death Israel split into Judah
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AD 29 to 33 Jesus crucified The probable date
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Prior to the time of the authors now known as
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520 BC Book of Haggai by Haggai
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were written over hundreds of years Some could have been
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AD 9095 The Signs Gospel was revised and expanded
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Achaemenid See Persia
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Assyria ns Interwoven with the above until about 2000
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Disciple One who is learning In the biblical sense
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Judah Judahite Judea Judean Jew Judah was one of
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Midrash Hebrew word for analyses of or commentary on
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Samaria The name of a principal city of the
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