Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, once said, “I feel sorry for the men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of such strength and pleasure.” The Good Book indeed brings great blessing to those who cherish it. Perhaps that is the reason that it is still regarded as the most popular book in human history. The 1995 Guinness Book of World Records reported that the Bible was the best selling book of all times, claiming that over 5 billion copies of the volume had been produced at that time. While the Bible is a well-known book, few know how it came together. There are believers who have read the Bible for years, but they are unaware of the process by which the Lord delivered the Bible. Like never before, the Bible is facing attacks from historians, scientists, entertainers, and even theologians and clergymen. Christians must be equipped with a reasonable defense of their faith. Be aware of three more means the Lord used to deliver the Bible to mankind.
Three different languages were used to record the words of Holy Writ — Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Almost the entirety of the 39 books of Jewish Scriptures were penned in Hebrew, but small portions were written in Aramaic. It was a tongue that many of God’s chosen people learned during the time of the captivity. As a result, a large portion of Daniel was written in that language (Daniel 2:4-7:28). Portions of Ezra (4:8-6:18) and Jeremiah (10:11) were also originally transcribed in Aramaic. Though the New Testament contains quotations of Aramaic sayings and statements (Mark 5:41 and 7:34), it was originally written in Greek. The authors used Koine Greek, the common form of Greek that was spoken during the Hellenistic Period and throughout the Roman Empire. The language was made popular by Alexander the Great. The Lord’s usage of multiple languages from multiple people groups demonstrates that He offers salvation to all. One day there will be people “from every nation, tribe, people, and language” worshipping before the throne of God in heaven (Revelation 7:9).
Scripture was written from three of our modern continents. Most was dictated in what we regard as Asia. Other parts were written from northern Africa, and some were penned in modern Europe. Our Lord used the three continents that composed the known world in the first century; thus, He revealed that the Bible is a book for the whole world (Acts 1:8)!
Several different types of literature are found within the New Testament. The Lord used history, legal writings, poetry, everyday letters, songs, and apocalyptic literature to convey His truth. Our Lord’s commitments to using various modes of communication show that He is passionate in a way that resonates with us. His Word is designed to appeal to us in both an emotive and logical fashion. Considering the fascinating nature of the Bible, we ought to read it and value it. May we have a commitment like the Psalmist who said, “I rise at midnight to thank you for your righteous judgments. I am a friend to all who keep your precepts. Lord, the earth is filled with your faithful love; teach me your statutes” (Psalm 119:62-64).
Dr. Patrick Latham