A problem facing many Scriptures is multiple authorship over many generations. The Old Testament consists of 39 books authored by numerous individuals over a period of many centuries. The New Testament contains 27 books written by multiple authors spanning a period of nearly half a century. The questions and uncertainties that surround the chronology and authorship of the Bible, for example many of the books were written anonymously, only serve to hinder one from accepting, at least wholesale, that it is the pure word of God.
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There is much more to revelation than giving insight into the unseen; it also serves as a practical guide for how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God and brings the most benefit to mankind. When it comes to the means by which God has delivered revelation to mankind, throughout history God’s guidance has always been imparted to us through His Prophets, may God’s peace and blessings be upon them all. This shows us that Prophethood plays an important role in revelation. Having revelation, or knowledge, is one thing. We also need a teacher to provide its correct interpretation, in order for mankind to make use of the knowledge and implement it properly. Not only did the Prophets act as teachers, but by embodying the message and values conveyed by the Divine text they also served as a practical and spiritual example for us to follow. From this perspective, the Divine revelation is what to do and the Prophets’ lives show us how to do it.
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