Who Wrote The First Five Books Of The Bible?


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Lucy Burroughs Profile
Lucy Burroughs answered
Although Moses is said to have written the first five books of the Bible (also known as the Pentateuch and the Books of the Law), their authorship is quite sketchy, and nobody can know for sure who wrote them.

The Five Books of the Pentateuch
1. Genesis

2. Exodus

3. Leviticus

4. Numbers

5. Deuteronomy

History of the Bible
Assuming that Moses was a real person, the first five books of the Bible describe events that Moses couldn't have known about. The Bible was redacted (edited, combined or merged) during Isaiah's time, probably after the Babylonian captivity began. It was edited again when translated into Greek during the Greek occupation, and all former versions were burned. The original writings of Moses no longer exist.

Oldest Version of the Bible
The most ancient version of the Pentateuch are the fragments from the Dead Sea scrolls, which are usually dated to the first century AD. The scrolls may have been buried to protect them from being burned by one of the Roman Emperors, possibly Nero. Although Constantine also gathered, re-wrote, and burned the scriptures of his time, the Pentateuch was probably not affected.

So, Who Wrote The First Five Books of the Bible?
To put it simply, people who hold to the Inerrancy of the Bible (meaning they believe everything in it to be true) would say that Moses wrote all five books. This is because it says so in the books themselves when they talk about Moses writing the law down.

The rest of the Old Testament also speaks of the Law as written down by Moses. Jesus himself refers to the pentateuch as being the words of Moses, so if you believe that the Bible is without error, you would have to say that Moses wrote it.

Other Theories

The other main theory is called the Documentary Hypothesis. This suggests that the Pentateuch is actually an edited document, taken from four principle sources and redacted at a much later date. The argument here states that, since there are many places where Bible stories are repeated in a slightly different way, (either once or twice, and with minor discrepancies in the accounts), there must be several different sources and therefore more than one author.
Crispy Relish Profile
Crispy Relish answered
The Bible has both God and men as true authors.  The human authors wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  God did not neglect the human authors' use of their faculties and creativity, so human language is used. Still, only what God wanted written was written, in its entirety, and nothing more.
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Molly Bricker Profile
Molly Bricker answered
Man wrote it. God said it.
Selie Visa Profile
Selie Visa answered
The English word Bible comes from the Greek word biblia, meaning books. So it is a library, a collection of sacred books. The Bible is the best preserved book and the bestselling book of the world. So, even if you are not a Christian, you ought to read it. It was written during the period 1100 BC to 100 AD. The Bible was originally written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament (Penta- Greek form pente) means five. These are the books traditionally ascribed to Moses, the recipient of the original revelation from God on Mount Sinai. Pentateuch (Five Scrolls), also known as Law or Torah, is traditionally the most revered portion of the Hebrew canon. It comprises a series of narratives, interspersed with law codes, providing an account of events from the beginning of the world to the death of Moses. Jewish, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant canons all agree on their order: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

The writers includes kings, prophets, priests, soldiers, song writers, judges and even a tax collector, a shepherd, a prime minister and a doctor. God uses the writers as His mouthpiece. The Bible is the word of God. It is a communication in which God makes himself known to humanity. It is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The writers of the Old Testament received the Word of God and communicated it to the world. The writers of the New Testament wrote about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The main message or theme of the Bible is salvation. As a result of sin, death came into the world. But God loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die and pay the penalty of our sins. And whosoever believed in Jesus Christ shall have eternal life. The Bible is much more than a guide book; it is a love letter from a personal God to each one of us. The Bible is the most argued, the most hated, the most debated, and the most scorned and also considered the most controversial book of the world. But it is what it really is... Word of God.

The Bible is not just a handbook written by man, it has an eternal dimension. Speech is a good means of communication and words are the most precise way of expressing our thoughts. Although God speaks through nature, He also explains Himself in words. We call what God says through nature "general revelation" but the Bible is part of "special revelation". Through dreams, visions and sometimes face to face. Jesus is another part of "special revelation" Jesus is God's Word; a walking, talking, living word.
steve james Profile
steve james answered
Er...the answer's simple. You see - unless God owns a printing press and a word processor, then it's man who wrote the Bible. God doesn't write. Perhaps you haven't realised this. Only mankind can write things down, So, therefore, mankind wrote the Bible. Makes sense doesn't it? I'm surprised you asked really.
Joe B. Profile
Joe B. answered
Clearly Man, only humans could come up with so many contradictions in one damn book.
Sefatullah Halim Profile
Please tell me the bible is came from god side or is written by someone?!!!
As we say the quran is the speech and orders of the god, what about bible. I really do not know.


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