‘How the Bible was Written’ examines some of the features of the Bible's composition. Over what period was it written? How was the text recorded and what is the relationship between oral and literary traditions. The Old Testament was written over a long period of more than 1,000 years, whilst the New Testament was written in a relatively short period. The literary world and the different means of composition of different types of literature are examined with reference to particular examples of the biblical text. Later writers draw on material from earlier books and these literary allusions play an important part in the biblical text.