ORIGIN OF THE BIBLE
The origin of the Bible is found in God the creator of all physical things.
But--in modern Biblical studies and theological writings there is much study and emphasis made
about the authorship of the books of the Bible. In these Biblical Studies there is much about the men
who wrote the Bible and very little about the source of origin of the information.
In the above sentences are two words (origin and authorship) that set the format and is the
understanding that is needed in today's Biblical studies.
Origin;--American Heritage Dictionary, " The point at which something comes into existence."
A word, thought or message has its origin in the mind. Then, it must be transposed from the mind
into a verbal or written message. The one who gives the message is the author.
Author;--American Heritage Dictionary, (1)"The writer of a literary work." (2) " One who originates
or creates something."
Thus, to be an author, there needs to be two processes. The development of the message in the
mind and then the proclamation of that message.
This process is uniquely present and important in Biblical studies. Because, in regard to the Bible
this twofold process involves two different individuals. Every book of the Bible has an
author-originator ( God ) and an author-writer ( a man ).
From the mind of God came the origin of the message of the Bible.
By the writer's pen, as God spoke and as their spirits were inspired by the Spirit of God, men were
the author - writers of the Bible. This is of utmost importance to all mankind because if we believe
the Bible to be the writings of men, but miss the fact that the message is from the mind of God we
have greatly erred.
If the Bible were the writings of men then it would be only man's opinions. On the other hand, if the
message is from God and we miss that reality, we have, with grave consequences missed our
message from our creator.
The Bible from the beginning to the end declares that God is the author - orignator. When a person
looks at the Bible with the intention of determining its origin and authorship the evidence is
overwhelming. The following is some examples that state clearly the origin and authorship of the
Note---The Torah or the first five books of the law, Genesis-Deuteronomy, in most all studies, is
believed to have been written by Moses. It can easily be seen that Moses would have written
Exodus-Deuteronomy, as they are the life and times of Moses. But the Book of Genesis is
different, thus it presents a problem.
First--Genesis spans a great length of time. At least a couple of thousand years.
Second--Moses certainly was not a witness to any of the events in Genesis.
Third--Much of Genesis is written as if the author was there, with quotations and details of life
Fourth-- There is no record or oral history nor even oral tradition that is presently known of the
time of Genesis.
Fifth--There is no other known source from that time era.
If a person accepts the Bible as being true and as the Word of God, then the above problems fade
But,-- There are many persons who do not accept by faith and believe the Bible to be true and the
Word of God. For all, there is clear evidence that God was the author - originator of the message
and Moses was the author - writer.
In Exodus 17:14, God says to Moses as the Bible states, " Write this for a memorial in the Book
and recount it in the hearing of Joshua. "
This occasion was very early in their 40 year journey. Within three months of the departure from
Egypt there was already a book in which Moses was recording the events that happened. Note--
That Moses recorded what God told him to write in the book.
Then in Exodus 19: 1-2, " In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of
Egypt, on the same day, they came to the wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from
Rephidim, had come to the desert of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there
before the mountain."
We are told that in the third month after leaving Egypt they had left Rephidim and came to Sinai. At
Sinai, Moses received the 10 Commandments as recorded in chapter 20. In Exodus 20 and following
through Chapter 23 are other rules and instructions.
In Exodus 24, it is very clear that God has given instructions and Moses wrote those words from
God. Verses three and four, " So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all
the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, " All the words which the Lord
has said we will do. And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord."
Then, in Chapter 24:12, God says to Moses, " I will give you the tablets of stone, and the law and
commandments which I have written that you may teach them. "
Also in Exodus 32:16, " Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of
God engraved on the tablets."
With the above verses as one example, it is easy to understand who the author - originator is and
from whose mind came the message of the Bible. God gave the message to Moses and Moses was
to write it and teach it to the people.
As the Book of Exodus continues in Chapter 32:19 the tablets of stone written by God are broken.
Then in Chapter 34:27-28 Moses is given the second set of tablets replacing those that were
Between the receiving of the two sets of tablets, Chapter 32 and chapter 34, we are given a very
important message in Chapter 33:7-11. This is important because it shows us that within the first few
months of a 40 year journey God is speaking to Moses and instructing him to write in the Book.
Here we see that Moses pitched his tent outside the camp and whenever he went there the Lord
talked with him " face-to-face, as a man speaks to his friend."
Moses had at least 39 years to receive from God the history of the Book of Genesis and to write it
as a record of the beginning of mankind.
As we put these verses and events together we see that God instructed Moses to write, God wrote
the commandments and God spoke with Moses face-to-face.
In Genesis 35:20, there is evidence that the record was written long after the events. " And Jacob
set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day."
As we understand Biblical history it is well over 400 years from Rachel's death to Moses and the
tent of meeting in the wilderness. Yet in the context of Rachel's death, in verses 16, 20 and 21,
there are detailed explanations of their location, a quote from Rachel's midwife and how Benjamin
came to be named. These details are written as though the writer was present at the time of the
events. This is one small example to illustrate that the Book of Genesis was written as though the
writer was present during all those hundreds of years of mankind's history. The Book of Genesis is
full of quotations, explanations of events, attitudes of people, and details of both physical and
spiritual events and circumstances.
Realizing that Moses wrote Genesis near 400 years after the last events of Genesis and that the
story of Genesis covered many hundreds of years before that leaves no doubt that God must have
been the author-originator, author-initiator of this unique history of mankind.
So, we can see and understand from Moses' writings that under God's instructions he wrote the
Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
---God was certainly present during all these hundreds of years and generations of mankind.
---God certainly heard what was said so as to recall direct quotations.
---God certainly understood the feelings and attitudes of those people.
---God certainly knew both the physical and spiritual implications of each event.
---God certainly knew those who followed Him and those who did not.
Certainly God was the only one who could have known and instructed Moses to write the Book of
God spoke to Moses "face-to-face as a man speaks to his friend" for at least 39 years in the
God is the author!
Moses wrote what God told him.
--God dictated to Moses the history of Genesis.
--God wrote the 10 commandments.
--God instructed Moses what to write in the other four books of law.
There remains only a small question in Deuteronomy 34, that tells of the death of Moses.
" Then the Lord said to him, " this is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
saying, I will give it to your descendants, " I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall
not cross over there." So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according
to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but
no one knows his grave to this day."
It was obviously written later because Verse 6 says, " but no one knows his grave to this day."
The person who wrote Deuteronomy 34 must have gotten the information from God, because ---
First--In verse four there is a quote of what God said to Moses, and yet there was no one there at
that time and place accept God and Moses.
Second--It tells of a place where Moses was buried, but no one knew the place.
Third -- " Moses -- died there, according to the Word of the Lord." Thus these events were
according to God's word, or testimony, or statement, or knowledge, not a man's knowledge.
In the same manner which God had spoken to Moses all those many years He spoke to the author -
writer to complete the Book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 34.
Only God could have known these things.
Also the books of the law of Moses were understood to be from God at the time of Nehemiah and
the return from the Babylonian exile.
Nehemiah 8:1, " And all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in
front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which
the Lord had commanded Israel."
Here in the Book of Nehemiah hundreds of years after the time of Moses is given the understanding
which are proposed in this writing.
First -- The Book of the Law of Moses is that which Moses received from the Lord, wrote and
taught to the people of Israel.
Second -- The Book of the Law of Moses was the instruction which the Lord God commanded Israel.
God is the author - originator.
God gave the message to Moses.
Moses was the author- writer.
The conclusion of the origin of Genesis:
Genesis is proof positive that God is the author - originator of the Bible, because, at the time of the
writing of Genesis:
1) It was impossible that any living human could have known the history of mankind back to the
Garden of Eden.
2) No living human being could have known the many recorded quotations and personal events of
3) No living human being could have known the intimate conversations between God and mankind.
4) No living human being could have known the spiritual implications that are explained in Genesis.
5) No living human being could have known the spiritual lessons that are taught in Genesis.
No living human being could have known.
Only God could have known!!!!!!!!!
Only God could be the author - originator of Genesis.
Whereas the first book of the Bible, could only have been authored by God, so also, the last book of
the Bible, Revelation.
The Book of Revelation is prophecy that approximately 2000 years after its writing, by John the
Apostle, is still not understood by mankind.
In the 21st century there is still no proof nor evidence of the message of Revelation. The seven
years of tribulation described in Revelation have not yet occurred and will not occur until God
determines the end of all physical existence is completed.
The proof of the message of Revelation, written by the Apostle John, will not be known until God's
people are in heaven and the rebellious in hell.
Thus,----No living human at any time in history could be the author of Revelation.
God is the originator-author,--John the Apostle wrote the message from God.
The above fact is borne out continuously throughout the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 1:1, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him,...."
Revelation 1:19, "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things
which will take place after this."
Revelation 2:1, " To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ..."
Revelation 2:8, " And to the angel of the church of Smyrna write, ...."
Revelation 4:1, " After these things I looked, .... "
Revelation 5:1, " And I saw, in the right hand of Him .... "
Revelation 6:1, " Now I saw when the Lamb ....."
Revelation 6:5, " When He opened the third seal I heard the third living creature say, ...."
The above quotes are only a few of many in which John explains that what he wrote was that which
he received from God.
Thus, in regard to the last Book of the Bible, Revelation, the author - originator was and could only
have been God.
Therefore concluding that, as in Moses' writing of Genesis and also John with Revelation, living
humans could not have, of themselves, known these messages.
There remains only one conclusion:
God the creator of all physical existence has from time to time communicated to those He chose.
God gave them His message to write down for His creation. In the same manner the other books of
the Bible were written.
" All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, . . . "
II Timothy 3:16
" Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy
never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
II Peter 1: 20-21.
All mankind has the privilege and the right to believe, accept and follow the instructions from God
their creator or to reject His message.
Those who believe and obey His will, will receive life eternal with God.
Those who reject their creator's message will be separated from God eternally.
The message is clear--- the Bible is the Word from God.
The choice is yours!!!!!---
Believe, obey and live eternally with your Creator --- or ----
reject GOD'S Word and be separated from Him in hell forever!!!!