Q&A.039.THE BIBLE – HANDY FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible’s First Author?
Who was the first author of the Bible?
The first writer in the Bible was Moses, but the first book Moses wrote
was probably not Genesis. Most scholars believe that while Moses was a
shepherd in Midian, taking care of sheep for his father-in-law, he probably wrote
the book of Job. Then the second book he wrote was Genesis. As you probably
know, the books in the Bible are not in historical, chronological order.
They’re arranged in groups including history, poetry, and so forth.
First Published Bible?
When was the Bible first published?
The Bible was first published in the mid-15th century when Johann
Gutenberg invented a new form of movable type that eventually led to the mass
production of books. The Gutenberg Bible was printed in Mainz, Germany,
around 1454 or 1455, and it was the first major book printed in the West. About
180 copies were printed, and significant parts of 48 copies still remain.
However, the Bible was preserved and duplicated for many centuries before
Gutenberg published it. The books of the Old Testament existed before Jesus
was born, and both He and His disciples called them “the law and the prophets”
(Luke 16:16; John 1:45).
The Jews guarded the Old Testament Scriptures so carefully that if a scribe
made a single mistake while making a copy, he had to destroy the entire
manuscript! It was a life’s work to make sure that every letter was just right, and
curses were pronounced on any scribe who dared to alter God’s Word in any
way. This careful work paid off. The text of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which existed
before the time of Christ, is almost exactly like the versions we have today.
After Jesus died, Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John penned their Gospels and
Paul wrote his letters. Many years later, godly men began to assemble all of the
writings from the time of Christ, which they referred to as the New Testament.
By a.d. 300, all of these books had been compiled to form the Bible that we still
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