The Bible you are reading – surveying for the summer – was written by about 40 men who engaged in writing it during a period of about 1600 years dating from 1500 B.C. (B.C.E.) to about 100 A.D. (C.E.). These men wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
They wrote not in words of human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in A.D. (C.E.) 1388.
The first North American edition of the Bible was perhaps published some time before A.D. (C.E.) 1752.
The Bible has been translated in part or in whole in over 2,287 different languages or dialects.
So, the Bible you are reading on Fast Forward this summer has an impressive history and has come to us from God through the hearts and hands of man. People have died to protect it. Others have spent their lives translating it. Others have lost their lives trying to bring it to their people in their own native language.
It remains the best selling book in the world each year – although that does not make it the most read book, however.
Congratulations if you have taken this summer reading challenge and are working art reading your whole Bible in 64 days … at 19 chapters a day. It will chane your life and enable you to hear God much better. it will help you with the big picture of God’s interaction with men over the centuries. You will be blessed by the time you are investing. Well done!