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Background of the Bible

"And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God" (Nehemiah 6:16).

How did the Bible come into existence? Who wrote it? What was happening as it was being written? All these questions and more are answered here in the Background of the Bible.

A popular book claims that there is a secretly embedded code in the Bible, discernible by computer calculations. Is this true?
  • by Scott Ashley
Do you know the truth about "hell" as described in the Bible? Come along on a journey with someone who's been there and returned!
  • by United Church of God
The Bible is composed of written material presented in two sections, traditionally labeled the Old Testament and the New Testament.
  • by United Church of God
Many writers authored the Bible and the perceptive reader gradually becomes aware of one great mind at work permeating its pages from Genesis to Revelation.
  • by Dan Dowd
The Bible is a unique book in the annals of history. Not only is it one of the most accurately and thoroughly preserved books of antiquity, it also stands alone as a record of God's instruction for subsequent generations on how to live.
  • by Randy Stiver
The King James Version, or Authorized Version, of the Bible was completed in 1611. Even if you have a more modern English version, it owes a great deal to this groundbreaking translation.
  • by United Church of God
For many millions, God's Word is unexplored and uncharted territory. Yet the Bible is not only designed to help humans beings cope in a world caught up in all kinds of crisis.
  • by Paul Luecke
If you've explored this question, you've probably encountered conflicting messages—even among those who believe in the Creator. What does the Bible indicate?
  • by Vertical Thought
Genesis 1:3 tells us, "Then God said, 'Let there be light.'" If all the rest of the initial creation had to occur after this verse, then there would seem to have been nothing to produce this light (i.e., no sun).
  • by Bruce Gore
If Jacob, grandson of Abraham and son of Isaac, were alive today, we might call him a "third-generation Christian." What lessons does his story hold for young people today?