Hard times came to the people of the Old Testament. There were wars, invasions, reforms, retrenchments, and suddenly people realized they were going to lose their stories.
People were being separated from loved ones. Other cultures and beliefs were imposed on them. They were forgetting their laws. So they began to write down the stories.
|Read some of the oldest parts of
the Bible passed on from generation to generation until
they were finally written down:
Samuel 1:9-27 - The
Song of the Bow
The books of the Bible were first written in Scroll form.
Well, think about the stories in your family or in your culture that explain a lot about who you are. What are they?
Do you want to go really in depth? Look at these timelines and pick out key instances that people would have wanted to write down their stories so they weren't lost forever.
Timeline #1: Events before Jesus was born
Timeline #2: Events after Jesus was born
Treasure hunt time!
Look through these scripture. How many titles of books can you find that we no longer have?
Tough Question: What if someone walked into your room right now and annouced they had found a copy of one of the lost books.
List your answers on a piece of paper.
Let's move on to find out
who wrote the stories of the Bible.
You can go more indepth and explore the adult Bible study pages:
Old Testament World
|| Remember When... | From Spoken to Written Word | Who Wrote the Bible? | Influences on These Stories | How Did the Books become part of the Bible? | Why is such an old book still significant today? | What's the future of the Bible? ||
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