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When was the Bible written?

When was the Bible written?The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years and over 40 generations. It was finished with the completion of the book of Revelation about 95 A.D.

Let's also look at the question, How is the Bible unique?

The definition of the word “unique,” according to Webster is: “1. one and only; single; sole. 2. different from all others; having no like or equal.”

   


The Bible is unique in many ways.

The Bible is unique in its continuity.

The Bible was written by over 40 authors from a variety of occupations, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, shepherds, military commanders, cup bearers, a doctor, a rabbi, and others.

The Bible was written on three different continents, Asia, Africa, and Europe. And it was written in different types of places, which include: in the wilderness, in a dungeon, on a hillside, in a palace, in a prison, while traveling, and in exile on a small island.

The Bible was written in times of war and times of peace.

The Bible was originally written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic (the common language of Jesus' time) and Greek.

The Bible reveals “God's plan of redemption of man” and also reveals God's character and mercy and grace.

The Bible is unique in its circulation.

There have been more copies produced of the whole work and more portions and selections than any other book in history. Some will say that in a certain month or year more of a certain book was sold. But there never has been a book that has more consistently reached a higher overall circulation than the Scriptures.

The Cambridge History of the Bible says about the Bible: “No other book has known anything approaching this constant circulation.”

The Bible is unique in its translation.

The Bible was one of the first major books that was translated. The Old Testament was translated into Greek before the time of Christ about 250 B.C.

The Bible has been translated and paraphrased more than any other book in existence.

The Bible is unique in its survival.

It has survived over time. By a general consent of scholars, there are fewer uncertain or corrupt New Testament Bible verses (12-20) after almost 2000 years than there are uncertain or corrupt passages in the works of Shakespeare (about 100) after less than 400 years since they were written.

The Bible has survived through persecution. The Bible has outlasted many people's efforts to ban it, burn it, outlaw it, despise it, and use it as toilet paper. Even God says it will accomplish what He has sent it out in the world to do and not return to Him void.

The Bible has survived through criticism. Bernard Ramm writes:

“A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put.

“No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and villified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? with such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet?

“The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions.”

The Bible is unique in its teachings.

The Bible foretold future events by prophecy. Over 100 prophecies of Christ were written hundreds of years before they were fulfilled by Jesus. Mohamed and no one else had such prophecies.

The Bible presents accurate history. Archeology has been proving the Bible correct over the years.

The Bible presents people and people groups accurately with all their sins and character flaws. The Bible names names and gives detailed genealogies.

The Bible is unique in its influence on surrounding literature. This can be seen in the book: The Greatest English Classic: A Study of the King James Version of the Bible and its Influence on Life and Literature by Cleland Boyd McAfee.

 




 
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