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I was doing a little research and happened to notice this incorrect fact.

It might be one of those AI things.  From time-to-time I’ve mentioned the problem with relying on AI information.

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The link above states that there are 15 or 16 different authors of the New Testament.  This is incorrect.

The New Testament consists of the four gospels, the book of Acts, the epistles, and the book of Revelation.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the four gospels.  4 authors

Luke also wrote the book of Acts.

The Epistles were written by Paul (the majority of the epistles), John (several, John also wrote the gospel of John and the book of Revelation), Peter (two) James (one) and Jude (one).   Since John wrote one of the gospels and the book of Revelation and is already mentioned, that makes 4 additional authors.

4 + 4 = 8.

How did the system come up with 15 or 16?

Here’s a guess.   Perhaps it assumed that the “named” epistles were written by the “named” individuals, however, they were also written by Paul.

Philemon, Timothy, Titus (3 “named individual” epistles, however also written by Paul)  8 + 3 = 11

The book of Hebrews people say is an unknown author, but many, myself included, believe Paul wrote it.  It has his literary signature.  11 + 1 = 12

It’s anyone’s guess where the other 3 – 4 come from, unless I, II, and III (1st, 2nd and 3rd) John were counted as three different authors.  They are not.  They were written by one author, the same one who wrote the gospel of John and the book of Revelation.

The point is, unless you have a human teacher, you don’t know whether what you are reading is correct or incorrect unless someone who had a human teacher can see the error.    And if this is one simple error, how many other errors are within the document?

AIs just pull information, dump it together, and come up with an article.  Whether the article is accurate or not is another question.

In actuality, articles written by AIs need to be edited by humans for accuracy (whether they are or not, or are sufficiently edited, is another question). Incidentally, this is why at the end of some articles you might see some disclaimer to the effect that “if you notice an inaccuracy, let us know”.  In other words, you become the unpaid beta reader.

Beware of AI schooling.  It may have inaccuracies and you will never know unless it is a subject with which you already have sufficient familiarity to notice.  And even then, those facts that are new to you might be inaccurate and you might miss a beat simply because you don’t know enough about the new information.

This is why you need to find human instructors and professionals that you trust for the information that you need.

Beware of AIs.


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