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The Old Testament was written over a period of several centuries and had more than one author, many of whom did not leave us their names. The oldest book written in much the form we now know is considered to be the Book of Deuteronomy, which was written by the anonymous author now known to scholars as the Deuteronomist. The Deuteronomist lived in the seventh century BCE and also worked on the Book of Genesis, as well as writing a historical series consisting of Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings. Quite a lot of the Old Testament was written during the time of the Babylonian Exile and the centuries that followed, although some books gradually became attributed to earlier centuries. (credit to Dick Hartfield)

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The old testament is not written but was sent from Allah

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For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2Peter 1.21)

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sixteen authors over 1400 to 1600 years. All Scripture is given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit! It should be noted that each writer didn't know each other. Since the author is GOD, it wasn't necessary for each writer to know each other personally.

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Why are there so many authors in the Old Testament?

there is many stories in the old testament that are written by many authors

What religion were the people who wrote the Bible?

The Old Testament authors were Jewish and the New Testament authors Christian, although some of the New Testament authors (Paul, for example) came from a Jewis background.

Who wrote the bible what his name?

There are many authors who wrote the old and new testament through out the history of the world, ultimately the Christian God is the author of the Bible..

How many time is the bible divided and how many people wrote it?

The Bible is divided into two main sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written by various authors over a span of centuries, while the New Testament was written by apostles and early Christian leaders.

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32 men

How many people wrote old testament?

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Did Peter know Old Testament prophecies?

A:The authors of the New Testament, including the authors who wrote two epistles in Peter's name, certainly knew the Old Testament quite well and made frequent references to prophecies said to be contained in the Hebrew scriptures. Whether Peter himself knew many Old Testament prophecies is unknown, although some prophecies seem to have been well known in first-century times and would no doubthave been known by Peter.

Who wrote many of the hymns in the Old Testament book of Psalms?

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Who was a prophet but also wrote book in the Old Testament?

There are several prophets who also wrote books in the old Testament, Samuel, Jeremiah , Haggai are a few of them.

Who wrote the book the high king?

The high king wasnt in the old testament the old testament is in the Bible

How many authors has the catholic bible's 73 books?

Answer # 1All the books of the Old Testament were penned by scribes who wrote for the prophets, through which our Father spake. The author therefore was our Father, all except one, the book of Ester.The New testament was penned by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus ChristAnswer # 1 ends

Who are the two authors of scripture?

Well, all Scripture was ordained/"written" by God, but there were many different authors in the Old and New Testaments. Moses, David, Isaiah and Solomon were some of the authors in the Old Testament, and Paul, John, Peter, Matthew and Luke were some of the ones in the New Testament.