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Definition of word.

author's style
au-thor's style

An author’s style is his distinct literary manner that makes his expression of content unique from other authors. Style gives form to substance. An author’s style determines the techniques that he will employ to compose his content (i.e., his ideas, opinions, facts, etc.).

What are the particular components that define an author’s style? An author’s style is characterized by numerous factors including but not limited to

  • spelling,
  • word choices,
  • sentence structures,
  • punctuation,
  • use of literary devices (irony, metaphors, rhyme, etc.)
  • organization of ideas, and
  • (sometimes) overall tone.

There are about forty authors in the Bible. Thus, there are many distinguishable writing styles in the sixty-six scriptural books. An author may use different styles when targeting different readers or when writing different compositional forms. For example,

The apostle John wrote five biblical books in three forms. John wrote one gospel, three epistles, and one prophecy: the Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation. John used different literary components. Likewise, Solomon wrote three books: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes have similarities, but Song of Solomon manifests a unique author’s style.

The various translations of the Bible also illustrate stylistic differences and influence our perception of the original styles of the biblical writers. Notices the stylistic variations in three translations of John 14:1.

  • "Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me.” (TLB)
  • Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (KJV)
  • "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (NIV)

My authoring style is simple vocabulary, efficient sentence structures, technical punctuation, question and answer format, and overall neutral tone. Balancing the Sword was designed to emphasis the styles of the biblical authors, not compete with nor distract from the books of the Bible.

Author: Allen B. Wolfe

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