Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Grant R. Hardy


Bible Studies, biblical editing, Bible authors


As LDS renders focus on the Bible this year and next, the following excerpt may give students ideas to think about. Many readers of the Bible recognize that its constituent books were transmitted from ancient times to the modern world through the anonymous work of countless editors, scribes, and translators. What is sometimes not clear, however, is the process by which some biblical books were recorded and passed down. Careful analysis of the biblical text reveals that certain passages were drawn from. multiple sources and shaped by the hand of editors many centuries ago. Such textual studies can illuminate the origins of the Bible as well as increase our understanding of its teachings.