Journey Through the Bible

Journey Through the Bible

Journey Through the Bible – 16

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) James AUTHOR AND TITLE: This epistle begins with “James of God … to the twelve tribes.” To clearly indicate the sender, the NET Bible translates, “From James, a bond-servant of God … to the twelve tribes …” But there were four men with the name James in the New Testament. These were: (1) the son of Zebedee and brother of John (Mark 1:19), (2) the son of Alphaeus (Mark 3:18),…

Journey Through the Bible – 15

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) First Thessalonians AUTHOR AND TITLE: As declared in 1:1 and 2:18, all evidence (external and internal) supports the claim of the book that Paul is the author of 1 Thessalonians. Early church fathers support Paul’s authorship beginning as early as A.D. 140 (Marcion). Those things that characterize Paul are evident throughout (cf. 3:1-2, 8-11 with Acts 15:36; 2 Cor. 11:28). In addition, a number of historical allusions in the book fit Paul’s…

Journey Through the Bible – 14

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) Galatians AUTHOR AND TITLE: Paul identifies himself as the author of this epistle with the words, “Paul an apostle.” Apart from a few 19th-century scholars, no one has seriously questioned his authorship. Further, his authorship is virtually unchallenged. Unger writes, “No trace of doubt as to the authority, integrity, or apostolic genuineness of the epistle comes from ancient times.”49 The title is Pros Galatas, “To the Galatians.” Being addressed to “the…

Journey Through the Bible – 13

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) Acts AUTHOR AND TITLE: Although the author is unnamed in Acts, the evidence leads to the conclusion that the author was Luke. As previously mentioned, Acts is the second volume of a two-part treatise written by Luke, the physician, to Theophilus about “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” In support of Luke as the author, Ryrie writes: That the author of Acts was a companion of Paul is…

Journey Through the Bible – 12

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) Matthew AUTHOR AND TITLE: Each of the Gospels receives its name from the human author who wrote it. Though this first Gospel, as with each of the Gospels, never names its author, the universal testimony of the early church is that the apostle Matthew wrote it, and our earliest textual witnesses attribute it to him by giving it the title, “According to Matthew” (Kata Matthaion). Matthew, who was one of…

Journey Through the Bible – 11

(From the Series: CONCISE NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) The New Testament is a record of historical events, the ‘good news’ events of the saving life of the Lord Jesus Christ—His life, death, resurrection, ascension, and the continuation of His work in the world—which is explained and applied by the apostles whom He chose and sent into the world. It is also the fulfillment of those events long anticipated by the Old Testament. Further, it is sacred history, which,…

Journey Through the Bible – 10

(From the Series: CONCISE OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) JOEL (The Coming of the Day of Yahweh) AUTHOR: As indicated by 1:1, the author is “Joel,” which means “Yahweh is God.” We know nothing else about him other than the name of his father who is Pethuel (1:1). DATE: Since the date is not specified within the book by any time references, we have to determine the date as much as possible from the internal evidences we find in…

Journey Through the Bible – 9

(From the Series: CONCISE OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) JEREMIAH (Warnings Against Sin and Judgment) AUTHOR: As with Isaiah, this book clearly identifies the human author who is Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah from the priest city of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin (1:1). Jeremiah dictated his prophecies to Baruch, his secretary. Only chapter 52 was not written by the prophet. Jeremiah is often called the “weeping prophet” (9:1; 13:17) or the “prophet of loneliness” perhaps because he…

Journey Through the Bible – 8

(From the Series: CONCISE OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) ECCLESIASTES AUTHOR: There are two lines of evidence (external and internal) that point to Solomon as the author of Ecclesiastes. For the external evidence, the Jewish tradition attributes the book to Solomon. Internally, a number of lines of evidence show that Solomon was surely the author. First, the author identifies himself as “the son of David, king in Jerusalem” (1:1). Then, references in the book to the author’s unrivaled wisdom…

Journey Through the Bible – 7

(From the Series: CONCISE OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY found at Bible.org) NEHEMIAH – (Reconstruction of the City) AUTHOR: Though some believe that Nehemiah wrote the book of Nehemiah because of the words, “The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah” (1:1), many believe the evidence suggests that Ezra is the author of Nehemiah and used Nehemiah’s memoirs and firsthand accounts as though quoting Nehemiah. Also, in view of the similarities of Ezra 2 and Nehemiah, one wonders why the same author would repeat…
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