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Authors of Bible Books

Who are the men God used to write the various books of the Bible? Can you name the author of each book?
Authorship of some books are in dispute, but name the person most generally accepted (or according to Jewish tradition) as the author.
Last updated: September 16, 2012
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Book
Author
Genesis
Moses
Exodus
Moses
Leviticus
Moses
Numbers
Moses
Deuteronomy
Moses
Joshua
Joshua
Judges
Samuel
Ruth
Samuel
I Samuel
Samuel
II Samuel
Samuel
I Kings
Jeremiah
II Kings
Jeremiah
I Chronicles
Ezra
II Chronicles
Ezra
Ezra
Ezra
Nehemiah
Nehemiah
Esther
Mordecai
Book
Author
Job
Job
Psalms
Various
Proverbs
Solomon
Ecclesiastes
Solomon
Song of Solomon
Solomon
Isaiah
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Ezekiel
Daniel
Daniel
Hosea
Hosea
Joel
Joel
Amos
Amos
Obadiah
Obadiah
Jonah
Jonah
Micah
Micah
Nahum
Nahum
Book
Author
Habakkuk
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Zephaniah
Haggai
Haggai
Zechariah
Zechariah
Malachi
Malachi
Matthew
Matthew
Mark
Mark
Luke
Luke
John
John
Acts
Luke
Romans
Paul
I Corinthians
Paul
II Corinthians
Paul
Galatians
Paul
Ephesians
Paul
Philippians
Paul
Book
Author
Colossians
Paul
I Thessalonians
Paul
II Thessalonians
Paul
I Timothy
Paul
II Timothy
Paul
Titus
Paul
Philemon
Paul
Hebrews
Paul
James
James
I Peter
Peter
II Peter
Peter
I John
John
II John
John
III John
John
Jude
Jude
Revelation
John
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level 32
Sep 18, 2012
100 percent! Fun quiz! (Although most of these are incredibly easy :))
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level 70
Nov 13, 2012
This is a little like "who is buried in Grant's tomb?" and "what do you keep in a chicken coop?" To which the answers are "Mrs. Grant" and "straw,"
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level 75
May 27, 2014
kal, you are one of the most prolific commenters on this site; I've read many of your contributions, and you clearly know what you're talking about in many cases. But when it comes to the Bible....well, let's just say that it's above your pay grade. There is more evidence for the historicity of the scriptures than for the existence of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle --- put together. Would that there was space here to expound on this, but that is not the purpose of this site. I would merely encourage more study....I know that you have the intellect; I just hope you put aside what you've been taught and do some independent research. My own has moved me from agnostic skepticism to Biblical Christianity, and being on both sides of this issue provides a unique perspective.
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level 35
Apr 14, 2016
I'd not say that - the evidence for the existence of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle is very strong indeed: too many dated documents, lots of inscriptional evidence and corroborating literary documents for there to be any doubt. The Bible has (for the kingship of David and Solomon, let alone the Patriarchs and the exilic period) far less external evidence to back the accounts up. That's not to say they're false, just to say that the examples you chose to compare them with are in an exceptionally well documented period with plenty of contemporary documents (including inscriptions). That's not to say that we should completely trust any of our sources on Socrates (and Classicists don't) but there's enough to prove his existence and some broad idea of the man. The same goes for much of the ancient accounts of the lives of Plato and Aristotle which are regarded as very dubious (including some of Plato's dialogues most popular in antiquity like Alcibiades I).
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level 75
Mar 6, 2017
Shikari, it was not my intent to cast doubt on the existence of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle -- my point was that there is more (and more accurate) evidence for the scriptures (especially the NT) than there is for the above-named men. Consider the sheer volume of extant NT manuscripts (~5600 Greek; over 24,000 total) as opposed to 7 for Plato, 49 for Aristotle, 240 or less for Aristophanes. Consider the time gap between the original writings and the earliest existing copies -- the book of John, for example, was written about 95-96 A.D.; the oldest existing manuscript dates to less than 30 years later. The earliest existing manuscripts from Plato date to about 1250 years after his death; 1300 years for Xenophon's works; 1400 years for those of Aristophanes. Consider that three of Socrates' contemporaries wrote about him (Plato, Aristophanes, and Xenophon), and four of Jesus' contemporaries wrote about Him (Matthew, Peter, Luke, and John). Paul was close behind, having met Jesus.
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level 75
Sep 14, 2018
Zero of Jesus' contemporaries wrote about him. ZERO. This is well established scholarly fact. And you have the gall to say talking about this is above my pay grade. You have no clue what you are talking about. Whatever sources you are using are clearly some evangelical Biblical literalist propaganda. Paul NEVER met Jesus. He had a vision. This is like me saying that my schizophrenic aunt is a reliable source for information on Pocahontas, because she once saw her in her bathroom mirror.
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level 55
Sep 28, 2018
@CBT, by this argument there is more evidence for the existence of Harry Potter than for Plato. There are 7 Harry Potter books and many other associated texts, compared to only 7 for Plato. Plato, Aristotle and Socrates may not have existed (I haven't weighed up the evidence carefully but it is at least in theory possible). If they did, arguments attributed to them might not actually have been made by them. An example I know more about is Pythagoras, who I believe probably didn't exist (or if he did was nothing like what tradition holds him to have been) due to lack of evidence. To say that the Bible is "above your pay grade", implying that it is more difficult or requires a higher level of authority than other things, is a bit silly. It isn't that hard to understand things about the Bible compared to anything else.
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level 47
Jan 21, 2019
Ugh, there's really no debate Jesus existed. From Wikipedia (hardly a pro-Christian propaganda site)..."Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically". People can debate how accurately the Bible portrays the 'historical' Jesus, but not of his existence. I mean, this is something Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all agree on....Jesus existed.
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level 75
Sep 14, 2018
CB, I respect the fine quizzes that you have made, and thank you so very much for the insults and condescension that's much appreciated as always and very Christian of you, but what you just said is laughably ignorant and demonstrably false. There are some things described in the Bible that are probably historically based, but cherry picking those bits and holding them up as evidence of the veracity of the Bible as a whole, while ignoring the many many many many many many things that we know for a fact are false, is exactly equivalent to me pointing to the existence of New York City as proof of the historicity of Spider-Man. If Josephus is evidence for the existence of Jesus, Plato is (much stronger) evidence for Socrates. But nobody is trying to spread hate and ignorance in the name of Socrates. If any research you have done has moved you away from reality and toward mythology then I must submit that you don't know how to conduct research, and that you were never properly skeptical.
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level 56
Jul 9, 2014
I couldn't type into the box for Psalms where is says "various" and it said I got it wrong. I filled in all the squares I could but somehow it didn't finish for me.
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level 43
Oct 12, 2014
Please add mordachi and some other variations of mordecai, and it seems crazy that you gave the answer in various, just put david and say most of psalms was written by....
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level 57
Sep 24, 2015
All except Paul... One of the easy ones. At least I got Mordecai, one of the hardest ones to balance it out.
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level 38
Jul 24, 2017
Thank you, CBTemple!
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level 25
Oct 28, 2017
The hardest thing about this quiz was having to check each time for leftover letters in the enter box! ;)
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level 46
Apr 23, 2018
I don't know who wrote Hebrews, but I know who didn't (Paul).
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