Were all bible prophesies written years after the events took place?
In view of the answer you have given, does this mean they are correct and dependable as accurate?
- 8 years agoFavourite answer
Yes, the "prophecies" on the bible are nothing that go beyond what a kid with knowledge about the world can't predict.Not to mention things that have always happened.
- WhatsupdocLv 68 years ago
You appear to doubt the authenticity of the Bible. The only part where they may have been written in retrospect is the Pantateuch, or Torah which is the first five books of the Old Testament. The original books were destroyed in 583 BC by King Nebuchadnezzar I of Babylonia when he burned down the Temple in Jerusalem, and the scribe Ezra, was the editor of the rewritten version in the 5th century BC. All the books from Joshua onwards are original.
Many prophesies were about the coming of Christ and were written from 500 BC and for several centuries before His birth. One of them even told of Him coming as a baby, gave Him his name, where He would be born and mentioned the gifts He would get. What more do you want?
It has been calculated that over 600 prophecies have been shown to have been fulfilled and many have yet to be fulfilled. One of the great prophet, Jeremiah gave one which was partly fulfilled. The first part happened, but the second part did not. In Jeremiah 46.20, written 630-580 BC, the prophet says that Nebuchadnezzar will come from the north and sweep through Egypt, destroying it.
According to a clay tablet in the British Museum the Babylonian King and his army did indeed come to the delta in Egypt but but as there is no historical record of any campaign he must have departed without attacking it. They had fought at Carchemish and Egypt had lost, so there is a theory that He actually came with his daughter. They both sailed with her retinue southwards, thus fulfilling the prophecy over the direction, but at Thebes the Princess married the Pharaoh to cement a peace treaty between the two countries. After that the Babylonian King sailed north to rejoin his army and went back home.Source(s): My Egyptology and ancient history studies.
- tehabwaLv 78 years ago
There's lots of prophesies about the end of the world that people have used all this time to "predict" the end of the world. (In just my life-time, I've lived through at least FIVE ends of the world. LOL)
Of course, all of those people were WRONG.
Also, as far as The Messiah, it's not that the prophesies were written after, it's that events are told to FIT the prophesies that had been written before. (Jesus coming from David's line, for instance.)
- 8 years ago
No. A good example is the Christmas story. The Wise Men came from the East and got sent to Bethlehem because hundreds of years before the prophet Micah had prophesied the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The prophecy was so clear these guys and the Jewish religious establishment all knew it. And there's lots of others too.
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- A BLv 58 years ago
Apparently. The thing is, we dont know when the books of the bible were actually written. Scholars use the events mentioned in the book to suggest when it was written. Unbiased scholars assign a book in a time after the events mentioned. Christian APOLOGETIC scholars insist that books with prophecies must have been written before the events foretold... This is to give the prophecies credibility.
- IVORLv 68 years ago
Most of the prophesies mentioned in the bible probably never took place at all and are based on the imagination and fairy story telling of self appointed so called holy men.
- moshbeardLv 68 years ago
No, but they don't need to be because the people who wrote the New Testament could read the Old Testament and base the new stories on that. Any predictions are usually vaguely attached to events anyway so unless they're VERY specific then they're coincidental anyway.
- wefmeisterLv 78 years ago
Some used to argue that Isaiah Chapter 53, which vividly foretells the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross must have been written after the event, because it was to accurate in detail.
Then they discovered a complete scroll of the Prophet Isaiah, including this prophecy, among the Dead Sea scrolls, written at least 150 years before the event. That scroll rests today in the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.
- John PLv 78 years ago
The Christian Bible was written over a period of more than 1,000 years (including the Old Testament - Jewish stories). Much of it was written to make particular points and not as specific true history or with the intention of saying that actual things would happen to actual people - more as threats of punishment for bad behaviour.
- Anonymous8 years ago
No, they weren't.
And you don't need super natural insight to get things right. Just ordinary political nous.
"In view of the answer you have given, does this mean they are correct and dependable as accurate?"
The events predicted may have been in the future when they wrote, but they are in the past now.
- Anonymous8 years ago
No. Some Bible prophesies haven't happed yet.
They are correct and dependable: the prophesies about Jesus were written before he was born (around 1000 years earlier, I think), and Jesus fulfilled all of them (and the odds of one person fulfilling all of those prophesies were really small, like 1 in 1000000000000000000000000000).