How old is the Bible?

Here's the answer:

The Bible is a very old book!

Even though the Bible is one big book, it took 1,400 years before it was finished. That’s a long time! God wanted the Bible to describe many points in history so we could see His big story and plan for the world.

Many people believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, and he probably lived over 1,400 years before Jesus was even born. In fact, all of the Old Testament was written before Jesus was born—and He was born over 2,000 years ago. That means the first books of the Bible are at least 3,400 years old (if not older). Even your great-great-great-great-great grandparents weren’t alive that long ago!

The Bible was finished when the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation in the New Testament. Most people believe he completed Revelation between AD 70 and 96—which was a little over 1,900 years ago.

Even though the Bible is old, it’s still important for us today! God told each author what to write, so the Bible is actually His words. God meant for the Bible to be "living and active" (Hebrews 4:12). That means He wants His words to speak to each person who reads the Bible. The Bible is God’s story, and He wants us to study it so we can learn more about Him!

Bible Truth

"God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right" (2 Timothy 3:16).

"Above all, here is what you must understand. No prophecy in Scripture ever came from a prophet’s own understanding. It never came simply because a prophet wanted it to. Instead, the Holy Spirit guided the prophets as they spoke. So prophecy comes from God" (2 Peter 1:20–21).