I’ve seen multiple theories and arguments as to who really wrote the bible. This thread is more for the people who already realize it’s not true, because I don’t really think “Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc., etc., etc.” is a very truthful belief. I’m asking more about the Old Testament, because I have seen some proof to whom actually wrote the New Testament. I’m not voicing my opinions quite yet, just trying to get a feel for what this community believes.
I’m looking for:
Approximate Year of writing
Guess as to why
Whether you believe they saw it as the truth
I’d like it to be kept kind of serious, but bible jokes are always welcome. xD
But anyway, I was about to list my theories about who wrote which books, but seriously, Dex and Euty’s articles cover it pretty well. And you don’t have to be “somebody who realizes it’s not true” to accept modern critical consensus on Biblical authorship. Plenty of people believe in the Bible as a sacred document without having any trouble with the notion that a lot of the authorship is traditionally misattributed.
“All we can say is that many scholars look to Jamnia and 90 AD as the point at which the Hebrew Bible was fixed. Others point to dates anywhere from 200 to 400 years earlier. We can only assert, with a fair degree of confidence, that the Hebrew Bible was certainly fixed by 90 AD and probably before that.”
Is that supposed to be a problem? We’re discussing texts that are a few thousand years old. We can come up with some well informed ideas about the sources of the books but there’s almost zero chance we’ll ever know the precise names of the authors and editors of any books of the Bible.
This answer makes me wonder if you even understand your own OP. You seem to me to be asking who wrote individual pieces of the OT and when and why they did it. Yet the part you quote from the Dex and Eutychus article is talking about when the books in the OT became accepted as the Hebrew canon, not when or by whom anything was written.
A minimal effort of research on any given book or section of the Bible will give you a reasonable overview.
I think it’s unlikely that any particular author was faking their component (however wrong they might have been).