- Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the Lord. - 1 Samuel 10:25
Over the next several centuries, various prophets, priests, and appointed scribes recorded, assembled, and copied the Scriptures.
- Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he made war and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel. - 1 Kings 14:19
- So all Israel was enrolled by genealogies; and behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. - 1 Chronicles 9:1
- Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the chronicles of Gad the seer, - 1 Chronicles 29:29
- Now, the acts of Asa from first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. - 2 Chronicles 16:11
- These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. - Proverbs 25:1
The books of Nathan and Gad were assimilated into what is commonly known as 1 and 2 Samuel. Daniel referenced a collection of sacred writings, which he referred to as the books or scrolls.
- In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. - Daniel 9:2
The New Testament autographs were kept by the churches to whom they were written. In fact, most of the New Testament autographs were still in existence in the second century AD. According to Tertullian, “Come now, you who would indulge a better curiosity, if you would apply it to the business of your salvation, run over to the apostolic churches […] in which [the apostles] own authentic writings are read…”1
- Tertullian, “The Prescription against Heretics,” in Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, trans. Peter Holmes, vol. 3, The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 260.