Does The Bible Contradict Itself On The Authorship Of The Torah?

The SAB lies we shall address today come from this link.

Deuteronomy 31:9 – And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi.

Deuteronomy 1:1 – These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness.

Numbers 12:3 – Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 34:5-6, 10 – So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. (vv.5-6) …And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face. (v.10)

The SAB claims that the first two verses assert that Moses wrote the entire 5 book Torah by hand, and that the later two verses are examples contradicting that (and the last two verses are among many which do make it seem like Moses could not have put the pen to paper for the entire as-we-have-today 5 book Torah).

The problem with the SAB’s assertion here is its claim that the first two verses claim Mosaic authorship of every “jot and tittle” of the Torah. The first verse only attributes “this Law” to Moses – that is, the law that he just presented in Deuteronomy. It does not attribute the whole of the Torah, or even all of Deuteronomy, to Moses. When these words were written in Deuteronomy the Torah was not yet organized into the five book collection we have today – We know that Deuteronomy was separate from the rest until at least the late 7th century BC because that is when Jeremiah’s father Hilkiah found Deuteronomy as a separate scroll in the Holy of Holies as a separate scroll (2 Kings 22:8, 2 Chronicles 34:14) and the first time the Torah existed in the modern collection was when Ezra brought it with him out of exile – almost two centuries later.

Deut 1:1, similarly, does not attribute the whole of the Torah or even the whole of Deuteronomy to Moses. Even among the most traditional supporters of Mosaic authorship, the belief is that those final verses concerning Moses’ death were written by Joshua.

The argument here is weak, responds to a strawman, and lies about what the verses are saying.

How characteristic of the SAB.


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