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Category Archives: History

When Was Each Book of the Bible Written?

Below are approximate dates of when each book of the Bible was written, listed in chronological order with links to each book on Bible Gateway. Also, look for the free chronological Bible reading schedule on our Bible Reading Plans page. [See Chronological Bibles in the Bible Gateway Store] Old Testament Job: Considered earliest, but date […]

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The Biblical Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, America celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Do you think of King’s message of equality as a political statement? If so, you might be surprised by the extent to which the Bible formed the basis for King’s vision. King understood that the fight for equality was a spiritual, not just a cultural or political, […]

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National Bible Association Hosts Special Reading of Aitken Bible at the US Capitol

The National Bible Association (@NationalBible) hosted a special Scripture reading event November 17 at 11 am at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This reading was a precursor to the International Day of the Bible (@IntlDayofBible) (#BibleCelebration) which will be held November 23. Members of Congress and US Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black (@Chaplain_Black) read […]

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Original Translator’s Draft Provides Earliest Known Look at the King James Bible

It’s been an exciting month for fans and historians of the King James Bible: scholars have identified a set of original translator’s notes that give us our earliest known look at how the King James Bible took shape: …in the archives of Sidney Sussex College there survives now the earliest known draft of any part […]

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Owl Husbands, Persecuting Printers, and More: Famous Typos in the Bible

Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, safeguarded through the generations by God’s hand. But physical copies of the Bible are typeset, printed, and published by fallible humans, which means that the occasional typographical error slips through. There have been some impressively unfortunate typos in the long publishing history of the […]

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The Bridge Builder: An Interview with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

It’s not shocking that there is an Orthodox Rabbi from Chicago raising millions of dollars for Jewish philanthropy. It is astonishing that these donations come from evangelical Christians despite hundreds of years of discord and animosity between the two groups. What force could be behind this seemingly insurmountable feat? Bible Gateway interviewed Rabbi Yechiel Z. […]

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God & Churchill: An Interview with Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley

When Winston Churchill was 16, he had a premonition that he would lead England in its time of need. Perceived as a failure for much of his life, Churchill was the last person anyone would have expected to rise to national prominence as prime minister and influence the outcome of World War II. His belief […]

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Bring Your Bible to School Day: Guest Post by Carl Moeller

Do you think God can accomplish big things through simple acts of faithfulness? I absolutely do! I’ve seen it happen many times–a kind word of encouragement can turn around someone’s day, a word of forgiveness can save a relationship, and a gift of generosity can change someone’s life. That’s why I’m excited about a simple, […]

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How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization: An Interview with Vishal Mangalwadi

What triggered the West’s passion for scientific, medical, and technological advancement? How did the biblical notion of human dignity inform the West’s social structure and how it intersects with other worldviews? How did the Bible create a fertile ground for women to find social and economic empowerment? How has the Bible uniquely equipped the West […]

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The Apostle Paul’s Backstory: An Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

The Apostle Paul is a biblical giant who wrote almost one-third of the New Testament, yet most details of his life remain a mystery. How could a devout Pharisee become the most influential Christian theologian of all time? Into that void steps master storyteller Jerry B. Jenkins (@JerryBJenkins), weaving a gripping narrative that illumines Paul’s […]

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