Are There Forgeries in the Bible?

Ancient Bible translators often made changes based on the theology of their time

There is little doubt among reputable Bible scholars that the Bible, a book purported to contain “eternal truths,” was actually authored by men who did not always tell the truth. Let me offer some examples: (A version of this article has also been posted on WatchtowerWatch.com. I suggest that you check it out there as well. You will also note on the site that I have posted other articles as well.)

  • Scholars know that Moses did not write the first five books of the Bible, but that’s what is recorded in the Bible.
  • We also know that Daniel didn’t write the book bearing his name. Nor was it written at the time and place the author claimed.
  • Solomon didn’t write Ecclesiastes. In fact, whoever actually wrote the book did it 600 years after he claimed to have written it.

In the New Testament (the “Greek Scriptures”) we also know:

  • The “three letters” known as 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus were credited as written by the Apostle Paul. Reviewing the evidence, we know that is not the case. Bible scholars also know that Paul did not write 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.

So why would the actual writer want us to think he was Paul? How do we know it wasn’t Paul? [Read more...]

The Hebrew Bible–It’s Not What You Think It Is

The Hebrew Bible

What most people know about the Old Testament—the Hebrew Bible—is not so. They know much that ain’t so because they live in a world in which references to it are many, giving them a false sense of familiarity. And, they also know too little because more often than not, they allow others to read it for them through the filtering lens of a specific theology, creating many misconceptions.

The Hebrew Bible is not a book. It wasn’t produced by a single author in one time and place. It’s a small library of books composed and edited over a thousand years by people responding to a wide range of issues and historical circumstances. Because it’s not a book (the name “Bible” comes from the plural Greek form ta biblia, meaning “the books“), it does not have a uniform style or message. [Read more...]