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    • Who Wrote The Bible?

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      Who was the primary author? Was there more than one author? And if so, then who were they? What were their thoughts? Why did they include certain things and exclude others? Why are some of the passages in the bible seemingly contradictory in terms of authorship? Dr. Beckford, a devout Christian and Theologian, like the devout scholar that he is, searches for the answers. Like an archaeologist trying to piece together fragments of pottery from some ancient civilization, Dr. Beckford asks the experts on the biblical writings what they know, and compares notes.

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      Published on February 26, 2009 · Filed under: Religion
    • apostolidis ,

      this prove that people are brain wash and the the bible is just a story ,
      if I had to tell a story 700 year after it happen and that the story was told to me by others over the years ,sure it would be a very different one form the original.
      but it is still a story.
      PS: y would god only reveal him self to so few people… ?
      and to all the people that say "i live by the bible" well you forgive no much do you?
      if you do Y are your jail fully pack ?
      y do you have a death sentence ?
      y do you need a atomic bomb ?
      the bible should be in the science fiction department.

    • dania

      thats why god revealed another book after the bible, because it was tampered with by humans which caused lots of corruption on the qura'an is a different story…and dont judge a book by it's cover or the actions of it's followers…it's worth reading or to read about it from a non bias source…like this book called the bible the qura'an and science…check it's a good objective study of both books..written by a french surgeon i think it was back in the 60s…!

    • Seraphim

      The idea of a "perfectly preserved Quran" is nothing more than a myth. Not only have verses been lost, but Muhammad's chosen teachers of the recitation (i.e. ibn Masud, Ubay ibn Ka'ab) couldn't even agree on how many chapters it should have. Beyond that, Uthman ordered the compilation of the Quran and then BURNT all the prior manuscripts. Read the accepted Islamic sources, it's all in there.

    • lina

      i dont have to read all the sources that you suggest, all i have to do is go to russia and buy a copy of the qura'an and the bible and then travel all the way to the US and buy the same and go to Brazil and buy the same…i bet you all three books of the bible would be different and might even contradict each other, i would simply end up with three versions…and all three copies of the qura'an would match letter by letter even the page numbers match!now if there was disagreement we would probably end up with something that resembles the bible! what more evidence do you need…!
      oh right the rest were burnt..i mean, didnt the christians try to do the same with the bible…cancel all the others and narrow it down to one version..? why didnt they succeed?! if the process is as simple as you describe..they had 2000 years to do it!
      i suggest you read the book that i suggested! it's all in there!

    • Seraphim

      Lina said: "all i have to do is go to russia and buy a copy of the qura'an and the bible and then travel all the way to the US and buy the same and go to Brazil and buy the same…i bet you all three books of the bible would be different and might even contradict each other, i would simply end up with three versions…and all three copies of the qura'an would match letter by letter even the page numbers match!"

      Well obviously they would be in difference languages, but that aside, do you realize WHY the Quran's would match? Because over 95% of all Qurans in print today (in Arabic) are based on the 1924 Egyptian printing. If one searches hard enough, they can aquire a version of the Quran that does not match that 1924 Egyptian printing. Also, in Turkey you buy a book that shows you all the variant readings within the text of the Quran (variant readings means either the spelling, or the words are different).

      In addition to that do you know that the 3 oldest copies of the Quran do not match each other letter by letter, or word by word as you claim? These are the Sana'a Quran, Samarkand Quran, and Topkapi Quran. Also, none of these 3 oldest Quran codices match the one kept in the British Museum in London.

      "oh right the rest were burnt..i mean, didnt the christians try to do the same with the bible…cancel all the others and narrow it down to one version..?"

      Uh, no. That never happened. The New Testament followed an unconctrolled, organic transmission on 3 continents all at once. I was never possible for any one person, or one group to control what the text said. Now with the Quran is WAS possible, and it happened. Uthman ibn Affan ordered Zaid ibn Thabit to collect all the Ayat and Uthman had final and complete control over what was written. And then, as I said, He BURNT all the previous manuscripts. (It appears he missed the Sana'a manuscripts though). Also, google "Fogg's Palimpsest". It shows how copies of the Quran were being washed and changed.

      Just look at the quotes from these ISLAMIC sources (cont)

    • Seraphim


      Some of the Quran was lost forever when a goat ate the papers it was written on:

      Narrated Aisha: "The verse of the stoning and of suckling an adult ten times were revealed, and they were written on a paper and kept under my bed. When the messenger of Allah expired and we were preoccupied with his death, a goat entered and ate away the paper." (References: Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal. vol. 6. page 269; Sunan Ibn Majah, page 626)

      This proves what the goat ate was part of "Allah's book":

      Allah sent Muhammad (saw) with the Truth and revealed the Holy Book to him, and among what Allah revealed, was the Verse of the Rajam (the stoning of married persons, male and female, who commit adultery) and we did recite this Verse and understood and memorized it. Allah's Apostle (saw) did carry out the punishment of stoning and so did we after him. I am afraid that after a long time has passed, somebody will say, 'By Allah, we do not find the Verse of the Rajam in Allah's Book', and thus they will go astray by leaving an obligation which Allah has revealed. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, p.539).

      Ubay ibn Kab had a different version of the Quran than the one of Zaid (the one you have today):

      Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: 'Umar said, Ubai was the best of us in the recitation (of the Qur'an) yet we leave some of what he recites.' Ubai says, "I have taken it from the mouth of Allah's Apostle and will not leave for anything whatever." (Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Book 527)

      Suratul-Ahzab is missing about 150 verses:

      Zirr ibn Hubaish reported: "Ubayy ibn Ka'b said to me, 'What is the extent of Suratul-Ahzab?' I said, 'Seventy, or seventy-three verses'. He said, 'Yet it used to be equal to Suratul-Baqarah and in it we recited the verse of stoning'. I said, 'And what is the verse of stoning'? He replied, 'The fornicators among the married men (ash-shaikh) and married women (ash-shaikhah), stone them as an exemplary punishment from Allah, and Allah is Mighty and Wise."' (As-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fii Ulum al-Qur'an, p.524).

      Some of the Quran disappeared with people who died in battle. No one else knew those verses:

      "Many (of the passages) of the Qur'an that were sent down were known by those who died on the day of Yamama … but they were not known (by those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur'an, nor were they found with even one (person) after them." (Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif, p. 23).

      No one can know the whole Quran, much of it is lost:

      It is reported from Ismail ibn Ibrahim from Ayyub from Naafi from Ibn Umar who said: "Let none of you say 'I have acquired the whole of the Qur'an. How does he know what all of it is when much of the Qur'an has disappeared? Rather let him say 'I have acquired what has survived.'" (as-Suyuti, Al-Itqan fii Ulum al-Qur'an, p.524).

      I think you have some serious research to do, if you are sincere in your beliefs. Salaam alaykoum.

    • George

      What an interesting documentary. I think its rich in questions that must be asked. Lets face it, Religion today as it was thousands of years ago was a tool to control the people, and no better example of that fact is at the very end of this Documentary when the so called " Spiritual Advisor to George Bush" Richard Land raves on about how HE is right ! the BIBLE is right, and any other oppinion can simply go to hell. This is exactly the kind of close minded idiot who poisons a nation, and sends young men off to war and Die. His work should be acclaimed! because he did JUST THAT! his bullshit convinced the worlds dumbest leader George W Bush that he was doing Gods Work. I have news for you Richard Lane, You and Bush can go to Hell. Its all Bullshit.

    • Bill Vollrath

      Very interesting…I have been asking these questions of pastors for years and always get some kind of answer that insists that God is God and we shouldn't question His word…if we do, we must not believe in God. I am sure one can be spiritual in the sense of having a personal relationship with God without believing any one text as THE only truth. I believe the words in the Bible that say it is USEFUL as a reference for right living, teaching, correcting etc. I don't believe it is the ONLY reference useful for these purposes.

    • jesus

      i wrote the bible

    • Leland

      Stopyour god damn hand jestures, there really anoying

    • robert
    • Havok

      If you're keen on looking for it, the bible is also a good reference on how to commit murder, genocide, infanticide, and incest. And long as we're picking and choosing, there's many examples of racism and sexism as well! Yes, you can isolate the good bits. To someone who is so motivated, you can also use the word of God to perpetrate some horrible acts.

    • Goat

      Every time I see this comment, I laugh

    • The Tay

      Anyone here know how many times the bible was translated? how far removed from the orignal writing it is? any idea why the broken accent involved in it exists? i certainly believe in god, but christianity is a fantastic reason not to believe in any organized religion. fact is that its not just power that corrupts, misinformation does as well.


      Mosheh didn't write the first Five book, He did write most, but it had to be EYE Witnesses. Think about it

    • Dakota

      actually it was 70

    • AKing


      Seraphim just kicked your ass. Have a good day.

    • terry beaton

      Are you aware of how the bee goes to the flower for his own purposes and in the process becomes an unwitting carrier of pollen, thereby becoming a servant to the bees purposes? Think of the world and all of it’s coruption and self-serving politics as the bee. As it goes about it’s own selfish puposes, it carries to everyone who hears it, the message of the flowers. And it smells sweeter all the time. If you need it, don’t ever think it’s of the corrupt world. The message was always true. Love your neighbor as yourself!