Holy Bible


Owen Picton

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These are the basic steps that I believe must have occurred to produce The Holy Bible. The location where The Holy Bible was written had a major impact on how it was written.

The first step is to find a material to write on. Possible examples of writable material are as follows. People from different countries used different materials which affected how a written document was made. The people of India used palm leaves. They would cut the new growth of the palm leaf off and then boil it. Next they would slice the palm material into strips and dry it. Sumeria used clay tablets. The Mayan used bark to make paper and then folded accordion-style into a codex. The Chinese used paper made from such things as rice-straw or mulberry. The Egyptians used a material made from papyrus. The Hebrew people were slaves in Egypt so they learned to use papyrus. In later times sheep skin, other types of hides or paper made from wood pulp were used. Papyrus was used for The Holy Bible.

The second happening was what stylus to write with. Possible examples of stylus to write with are as follows. The people of India wrote by scratching on the palm leaf. They used a pointed object made from animal horn, wood or metal which had to be sharpen after use. The palm material then had to have a material rubbed on it to protect the imaged. The Sumerians used a stylus to scratch the writing into wet clay and then had it dried. The Egyptians developed an ink to use with a stylus to write on the papyrus and this was what was used for the The Holy Bible.

The third thing was the Late Bronze Age collapse of major nations around the Mediterranean creating a power vacuum allowing the birth of nations including the Biblical Israelite's.

The forth happening was how to communicate on the material such as with a picture or develop an alphabet. An example was the old testament used the Hebrew alphabet and the new testament used the Greek alphabet.

The fifth thing was the actual writing the words for the books. The older old testament was written in Hebrew words and the new testament was written in Greek words. This all happen over a period of 600 years or more.

The sixth thing is what I call effect of governments and governmental politics. Alexander the Great conquered the area and required the Greek language to be used. Next, the Roman Empire conquered the area which caused the Latin language to be used, a form of peace was imposed within the boundaries of the Empire and a good transportation system was built within the Empire. Governmental effects such as these effects has continued to the present time. The net effect has been the creation, growth and spread of The Holy Bible to many generations of people throughout the world.

The seventh change for the Egyptian style of writing was changing from using papyrus scrolls to pages. The Hebrews used the Egyptian method using papyrus. What they wrote became long scrolls. These long scrolls eventually were divided up into codex or what we now call pages. These individual pages were easier to use because one could look up information on an individual page faster than unrolling a complete scroll to obtain the information at the end of the scroll.

The eighth change was the research Archimedes did on sound allowing the development of our modern musical scale with notes or keys and chords. Music played a great part in the development of The Holy Bible.

The ninth thing was the life of Jesus Christ, his dying for our sins and his raising from the dead.

The tenth change was the birth of The Holy Bible over a 1500 year period by 40 authors writing 60 books.

The eleventh change was the canonization of The Holy Bible. The canonization selection occurred about 300 AD on which books were either selected for The Holy Bible or were exclude. The Roman Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Church, the Ethiopian Church, and others all had there influence on what would be canonized as each of these churches Holy Bible. Additional books were excluded during the Protestant Revolution in the 1600’s.

The twelfth change was in what sequence should the placement of the various books in The Holy Bible be arranged.

The thirteenth change that occurred was the insertion of vowels within each word. I do not know where in the sequence of things, this occurred.

The fourteenth change that occurred was in about the sixth or seventh century AD when the insertion of spaces was made between words.

The fifteenth change change that occurred about 1,000 AD when all chapters and sentences (verses) in each book were numbered in The Holy Bible.

The sixteenth change was the invention of the printing press in about the 1600’s, which allowed The Holy Bible to be available and owned by the common man.

The seventeenth change was the translation of the Holy Bible from the original Hebrew, Greek and Latin to all spoken languages. This started in about the 1600's and continues to the present day.

The eighteenth change are the different versions of the Holy Bible that are now available. What was done was to look at the oldest copy they had for each book of The Holy Bible and make a translation to our modern languages. Different groups from different perspectives have made translations from different points of view, sometimes based on there religious beliefs. The original books do not exist. All that exists now are copies of copies. Every copy is slightly different. Most errors were just spelling changes. What is amazing is that the most recent copies are fundamentally the same to the oldest in belief. A lot of the translations to different versions occurred at the end of the 20th century. This has greatly aided in the world understanding of The Holy Bible.

The nineteenth change was the computer and the digitization of The Holy Bible. This has occurred at the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.

The twentieth change was the creation of the internet with The Holy Bible accessible on it.

The twenty first change was the placement of The Holy Bible in the cloud available on the internet.

The twenty second change is The Holy Bible under different versions are now available for free on the internet and on ones each personal phone.

The twenty third change is that everything associated and based on The Holy Bible continues to grow as if alive. New movies produced, documentaries produced, commentaries written, tours to the Holy Land, archaeology digs, new church buildings, music composed, sermons given, lives lived and etc. all based on The Holy Bible.

This is my view based on my reasoning of the steps that have occurred over approximately 4,000 years or more to allow the creation of The Holy Bible as we know it today. Notice the first steps started slowly, the middle occurred about one every 500 years and now they are occurring rapidly.

The sources of information for the different steps can be found on Wikipedia using google, articles in the magazine "Biblical Archaeology Review", bible study, common knowledge and what I have observed over my lifetime such as with computers and different versions of The Holy Bible.

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