We believe the Bible was written through an amazing partnership between God and its human authors. God was present and active in the writing, editing, selecting, copying, and translating of what would become the Bible. The interaction between God and people was complex and isn’t totally understood today. For thousands of years people composed prayers, stories, poetry, and letters about their experiences with God and other people. Many of these were passed on through the oral traditions of successive generations. Later, they were written down and carefully collected by communities of faith. As these writings began circulating together, they eventually became the Bible we read today. Each generation and community must do the work of faithful discovery and interpretation in their context.