Following The Evidence #48

Hebrew and Aramaic are the main languages of the Old Testament Bible. Aramaic only accounts for about ten chapters of the whole (Some of Daniel and Ezra who were captives of Babylon). Biblical Aramaic is closely related to Hebrew (perhaps a bit like Spanish and Portuguese), and they are written with the same alphabet.

Aramaic is a Semitic language with a 3,000-year history. It has been the language of administration of empires and the language of divine worship.
There are 39 books in the Old Testament, written from 1500BC to 400BC. The first book written in Bible was Job, written by Moses while he was in the wilderness before the Exodus from Egypt (which occurred in 1445BC.)

The Old Testament was translated into Greek about 250 years before Jesus. This was called the Septuagint and is the Bible that Jesus quoted from. 70 Hebrew scholars worked on the translation (Thus the word Septuagint) it is abbreviated as LXX (70)

The Bible has been attacked over the years, a famous quotation from Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher, about defending the Scripture says, “Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself.” When we look at the archaeological evidence for the Bible, we will discover that nothing has been found that disproves anything in the Bible but that everything “unearthed” has confirmed the history and stories in the sacred scriptures.

Thomas pain said, “The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed.” Consider the implications of the following Important facts about the Bible: It contains over 40 authors from many various backgrounds. They wrote over a period of 1500 years from 3 different continents in 3 different languages. Yet there is one unified message about the identity of God, creation, mankind, salvation, justice, heaven, death and many other subjects. That all 40 authors over such a huge expanse of time agree on every subject is miraculous. There was no contradicting or disagreeing of one another.

The internal consistency is a powerful argument for its divine authorship. As Paul says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” The Bible with its God Given truths represents a union of the divine and the human. God did not dictate what the various authors were to say. It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration did not act on the words but on the man himself as the Holy Spirit imbued him with thoughts. Thus we find that the writers used their own words, and wrote within the context of their own culture. The symmetry of thought over such a huge expanse of time is testament to its divine authorship.

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