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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.






06 September 2005

Who Wrote the Most Bible Books?


Q: Who wrote the most books of the Bible? My friends are debating this. Friend One says Moses. Friend Two isn’t sure, but swears it isn’t Moses.

A: Saint Paul wrote Romans — Philemon. He wins. Moses probably wins for total words (Genesis — Deuteronomy), with Luke, John, and David, Jeremiah, and Isaiah following behind. We’re not sure who finally compiled Samuel — Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles.

Or we can look at it in another way: Since “all Scripture is breathed out by God, (inspired, 2 Timothy 3:16)” then the Breath of God (the Holy Spirit) gets credit for the whole thing!

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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