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Who wrote the Bible? Complete (but concise) list of Bible books, their authors, and when they were written

  Since most books in the Bible were written anonymously (not uncommon in Biblical days), much of what we know for certain about the authorship comes from logical deduction.  What follows is the opinion of the majority of contemporary scholars along with the traditional views of authorship (both Jewish and Christian). Date written are estimates only. Hover over highlighted names for additional history and facts about the book. Old Testament Old Testament groups are not necessarily ordered chronologically (they are ordered more by “type”). Pentateuch (Books of Moses) or Torah Note that the last eight verses in Deuteronomy, which describe Moses' death, were obviously written by another (unknown) author.  Also, some theorize that the Pentateuch does not have a single author and that its composition took place over centuries. Book Author Date Genesis (Book of Genesis) Moses 1445 BC Exodus (Book

Matthew describes the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1 – 1:17)

The book of Matthew opens with a genealogy of Jesus and a note that there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to “exile in Babylon" (when Nebuchadnezzar took the southern tribe of Judah into captivity in Babylon), and fourteen generations from exile to the birth of Jesus. What the story means to us today Setting the stage for the story that follows The introduction in Matthew sets the stage for the story to follow and serves the purpose of identifying Jesus as a descendant of Abraham and David in order to demonstrate the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David. Linking Old Testament messianic prophecy to New Testament fullfillment The Bible in context - an old society with a different view Genealogy was important to