20 May 2010

Who Wrote The Pentateuch

Submitted by Stephen Winters

 

Early this morning I woke with the question, "Who wrote the first five books of the Bible?" I started to do some writing and these thoughts came:

Who wrote the Pentateuch?

The first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch, were generally assumed to be written by Moses. Did he really write all those books? Where did the author get his information? Were the stories and events over ....... time period just passed down orally from generation to generation? Were there a collection of writings of various writers over the years that the Pentateuch's author used as reference material?

Many religious people imply that the Holy Spirit just supernaturally came upon him and "poof" he wrote out all those books.

Adam and Eve

I take a look at the detailed account of the creation of the world. Then I look at the detailed account of the creation of Adam and Eve. I go on to remember the conversation and interaction of Eve and the serpent. Who wrote all this out? Moses obviously wasn't alive at that time. He was not there to see and hear1 what went on.

As I thought more I wanted to know more, so I began a search on the Internet. I did a Google search on "what period of time does the pentateuch cover" I quickly came to this article :The Analysis of the Pentateuch2  

  • 1. In First John 1 John wrote, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us." John wrote about what he had seen and heard. This is a very good example of an author's credibility.
  • 2. This page is parch of a larger work that seems well researched. I am linking this because I want to go back and read more of this article.
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