I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Did Moses Write Genesis?

Moses mosaic on display at the Cathedral Basil...Image via Wikipedia

Question: How could Moses have written Genesis when writing was not yet known in his time?

This is an old criticism which is still voiced sometimes today. First, we need to all get on the same page; writing was known and widely used long before Moses' time. Archeologists have unearthed an ancient library in the city of Ur containing thousands of stone "books." You may recall that Ur of the Chaldees was Abraham's home long before he migrated to Canaan, and those stone books were written even before Abraham's day. Many of the books constituted records of very mundane activities, which seems to indicate that not only scholars, but also common tradesman could read and write. It is quite certain that Moses, educated in the palace of the Egyptian emperor as he was, was fully competent to write the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible).

Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. Who did all those miraculous signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt -- to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land.  Deuteronomy 34:10-11.

Be blessed,

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