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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Do you believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Holy Bible?

And if so, how did he write an account of his own death?

Update:

Good one Knowhereman....the most humble man on earth wouldn't be most humble if he told you so.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Spirit of God wrote all the Scriptures. Of course, He didn't pick up a writing instrument with His own hand, but channeled the words through mortal men using them as "mediums." He orchestrated the whole thing, sometimes without the knowledge or understanding of the mediums He used.

    Source(s): Three witnesses: Old Testament, New Testament, and Spirit of Truth
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  • 1 decade ago

    No, I don't believe Moses wrote any books of the bible. I believe that the torah (first five books) is a nice compilation finalized by rabbinical Jews sometime in the first century AD. This is when historians place the finishing of that piece of literature.

    There were additional discrepancies for these books, as well as little inaccuracies with some of the other books, which Thomas Paine, one of the Founders of the United States, explores in his work, 'The Age of Reason' and I have put a link to it below.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No one can prove or disprove that he wrote it. But if I was to guess, I would say probably not. The Bible has been in the hands of many high councils who took upon themselves what to put in and take out of the Bible. They did this because some things in the Bible empowered the people without the help of the church, so they couldn't have people walking around empowered. That would take their power away. The Bible had been tampered with for a long time. Think of it this way. If I told you something and you told somebody else and so on and so forth and it goes through twenty people, when it finally gets back to you, do you really think it's going to be the same thing you told the first person. I think not, my friend.

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  • Not very likely. The biggest thing going against that hypothesis is a frequent change in the writing style of the Pentateuch. Scholars tend to believe that it is indeed a combination of several different authors, with the two main ones being referred to as J (the Jawhist) and E (the Elohist), since they tend to refer to the Hebrew God as Yahweh (J is German Y sound) and Elohim respectively. This would explain why there are two creation stories back to back, which do conflict with each other. Usually the writings are dated around 700-500 BCE, when the development of the Jewish religion was still forming, before the monotheistic view had emerged.

    Source(s): Biblical scholarship.
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  • 1 decade ago

    You actually have to be a real person to write something. So, probably not.

    If you wanna learn more about the actual composition of the Bible and what may have been the motivation behind the writing of the 5 books, I would check out "Who Wrote the Bible?" by Richard Elliot Friedman. Definitely a little more thought-provoking than a response by a semi-literate teenager on Yahoo answers.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Although the first five books are attributed to Moses, there are several examples of scribes actually writing out texts under careful supervision. The common assumption in the case of the narrative of Moses' death is that Joshua wrote it to finish off the Mosaic era, then Joshua wrote the book of Joshua chronicling God's acts and Israel's response during his leadership of the nation.

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  • 1 decade ago

    God told him what to write, silly...! The big thing I've always wondered about is Moses actually writing that he (Moses) was the most humble man on earth... Kinda makes me wonder...

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  • 1 decade ago

    2 Timothy 3:16 "all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." What does it matter who wrote it? Josua may have finished it for him? “The 66 books of the Bible were written on three continents? In three languages. By about 40 different people (kings, shepherds, fishermen, priests, and a physician). Over a period of about 1500 years. On the most controversial subjects. By people who in most cases had never met. By authors whose education and background varied greatly. Yet all 66 books maintain harmony with each other…as if written by one great mind. And indeed it was.” 2 Peter 1 verse 21 “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy spirit”

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hello dear!

    According to what we know, Moses was the High priest of Egypt.

    He took the slaves out of Egypt. In order to keep them out, he had to create history, religion, etc., for them, otherwise they would return. Thus, he started creating a religion for them and securing they would stay out and far!

    Thus, he started writing and completed, most likely, the first five books, as you mention.

    Parallel, he was "teaching" some people how to read and write and the "best" of them continued the formation of the Hebrew religion, mythology and some history!

    Thus, since he was wise, he knew he would dye, thus the pupil who continued his writing, proceeding pretending that it was Moses who was completing the fifth book!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I've been a Christian for many years and I've yet to find anyone who can give me any evidence that Moses actually wrote them. I mean, I understand that being brought up as royalty he probably learned to read and write, that makes sense.

    I would imagine that someone very close to him did the actual writing.

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