What language was the Bible written in?

Posted by on 02/19/2014 in: ,

The Bible – from Old to New Testament – was written over a span of 1500 years by forty different human authors in three different languages; Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Old Testament
With the exception of a few verses written in Aramaic the entire Old Testament was written in Hebrew. Isaiah 19:18 calls it the language of Canaan while other verses call it ‘Judean’ or the ‘language of the Jews. Ancient Hebrew dates back to before 1500 B.C.

New Testament
Many people assume that the New Testament is also written in Hebrew but by the time Jesus was born many Jews actually didn’t speak it anymore. When Rome had conquered Greece the influence of Greek culture had spread throughout the empire and so the popular language during the time the New Testament is koine (common Greek).

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    In contrast, I personally believe that [just] the first five books of the Bible probably had 40+ human authors, and double that number of editors. It is a series of stories that coalesced over hundreds of years during the formation of the nation of Israel, and was actively used as a tool by the Levites to shape the beliefs of the people they led.
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