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When Was The Old Testament Written?

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When was the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament (OT) written? The answer is complicated because the OT is not a single book—it’s a library. In addition, even within that library, the books themselves are not ‘books’ in the modern sense, but composite texts which themselves weave together both oral and written traditions—sometimes gathered together over centuries. This is not some big secret the Vatican is hiding from you, by the way. The Bible itself talks about drawing on earlier documents. For example, Joshua 10 and 2 Samuel 1 both draw on the ‘Book of Jashar’ (AVAILABLE HERE). It is normal for biblical books to weave together different genres, a bit like the way a modern documentary film brings together interviews, archive footage and B-roll to tell its story… (READ MORE)

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