Why does the Bible not record the words of Jonah referred to in 2 Ki 14:25? What about prophets/seers alluded to in 2 Chr 33:10, 18? Hosea prophesied more than 80 years but only small quantity survived. Why?
My Bible is already about 1150 pages long. If the Scriptures were to record all the things prophesied by Hosea, Micah, Elijah, Zephaniah, Jonah, and the other prophets, then it would be several thousand pages long. The Jews had dozens of important prophets and hundreds of less important prophets. It would be crazy for the Scripture to include all the things that all of these men and women said. The Bible is extremely dense in the amount of material it condenses into just 66 books. There is an almost infinite number of things that God could have put into the Bible, but God is a lot smarter than you or me, and God has chosen what to include and what not to include. I trust God’s wisdom on which of Jonah’s words he ought to have included. I assume that you, too, trust God’s wisdom in choosing what to include and what not to include in the Bible.
The person raising the criticism seems to have a “rule” that every mention of a prophet must include all the words of that prophet. Where did this rule come from? Where is this “rule” that says that all the prophetic words of Hosea must be in the Bible? It seems to me that someone is creating rule, not out of common sense, but simply so that they can find a reason, no matter how weakly supported, to criticize the Bible.
BTW, I have a feeling that this criticism is coming, either directly or indirectly, from a Muslim source. I might be wrong, and forgive me if I am. I think that the Muslims would do well to spend time criticizing their own scripture, rather than the Bible. There are plenty of “problems” with the Qur’an and Hadith for them to deal with. Why do they make such weak criticisms of the Old Testament? Just saying… Below are two quoted from the Qur’an in which Muhammad tells his followers that the New and Old Testaments, as existed in his day, were inspired.
“The people of the Injil shall rule in accordance with Allah’s revelations therein. Anyone who does not rule in accordance with Allah’s revelations — these are the wicked!” sura 5:47
“We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and that which came down to you” sura 29:46