Asked in The Bible
Since the number 40 figures significantly in the Bible is it possible that there are only 40 books of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi and the book of Mark the earliest account of the life of Jesus?
June 18, 2015 9:25PM
No! But remember, the divisions of the scriptures were installed by men well after the Bible was written, even so it seems a good job. Numbers are most relevant. It is generally taken that forty is representative of a trying or testing time, even a time of punishment, but others as well. Remember Israel had to wonder the wilderness for forty year as punishment, Jesus was carried away by the Spirt for forty days and forty nights immediately after his baptism and many, many more.