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Do you believe that Moses wrote the whole first 5 books (The Law or Torah) of the Old Testament?

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  • Moses may have been involved in writing some portions of the first five books, but it isn't necessary or stated in those five books that Moses wrote all of it
  • Just been reading an article about Moses and the most likely Pharaoh, Akhenaten (according the the time line) who defied centuries of traditional worship of the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten decreed during his reign in the mid-14th century B.C, which aligns with the time of Moses, that his subjects were to worship only one god: the sun-disk Aten. Akhenaten is sometimes called the world’s first monotheist. The article asks; did his monotheism later influence Moses—and the birth of Israelite monotheism.
    It seems to me that Moses had been worshipping one God, and many, many generations prior to Akhenaten, so why would that Pharaoh have influenced the Pharaoh? It was Pharaoh who had been worshipping a multiplicity of gods, and declared himself a god also, for a thousand years, and it was Pharaoh who changed not Moses. It is significant that Akhenaten chose the god Aten as the one God, as Jehovah has always been associated with light, maybe this was something Akhenaten learned from Moses, “Light from Light”. However the systen later collapsed and the Egyptions reverted to the pantheon of gods.
    I find it interesting that secular historians always seem to get these things the wrong way around, opposite, Satan translates as the 'opposer', is that significant?
  • Dr Derek got it right.Moses must have written the better part of it but, not all. Somebody else maybe Joshua or a close ally of Moses to have recorded his death on mount pishga.
  • I strongly believe Moses wrote it. If you know this, in those days, no addictions to televisions, cell phones, radios.... but plenty of time to write. And because of 40 years in the wilderness, Moses had time to write with guidance of the Holy Ghost. Second of all, if you should know the New Testament DID explain Moses is real when Jesus was transfigured and Moses and Elijah appeared on a high mountain with three chosen discplies- Peter, James, and John as said in the Synoptic Gospels--Matthew chapter 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, and Luke 9:28-36. Therefore, Moses IS real. If that the case, then therefore, Jesus IS real because of the Ten Commandment explains clearly who is Jesus Christ because He is God (John 1:1) who penned the Ten Commandments Himself in Exodus 20. It works hand in hand supporting each testament on Jesus and Moses and of course Elijah. The first five books are to Old Testament as the first four books known as the Gospels are to the New Testament. That is what I believe. That is your answer.
  • I mean, I don't see why doubt it. Is there conflicting records? But I don't think it matters much either way though. If you're gonna say Bible's the word of God then does it matter what person put it down?
  • It is my belief that the authorship is true and authenticated, both internally and externally. There is no reason to doubt, imho, the authorship of the first five books...let alone any other book of the bible.
  • I have a slightly different outlook on Authorship in the Scriptures. While for sure the Bible is a physical entity and it took people to put words to paper, then organize them all and over time print them up the book itself is so much more than that having been directly authored by God thru His Holy Spirit by impressing on certain people certain things to write. These people, like Moses in this question, may have their personality come thru in the works, but the work itself is so far beyond something a single or group of people put together that I cannot but see it in it's entirety, as a work of our Holy Lord God to us. As a Manual for life; also a love letter.
    Did Moses write it? Yes, he probably put ink to paper but the Holy Spirit was directing every word.
  • I believe that Moses certainly existed, and received the law from God,, jesus confirms this (and He should know). I believe that Moses was responsible for committing the oral traditions of his people to hard-copy, he was possibly the best educated Hebrew, being educated as a prince. However the latter part of Deuteronomy was obviously written by another, maybe Joshua, as it deals with the death of Moses.
  • Pastor Steve, to be completely honest I have not a clue to who wrote any part of the Bible for sure. I have not studied on the subject much at all and should begin to look at that question more. I do think that it is a very good question though.
  • Moses truly existed and received the 10 Commandments. The Theanthropus, Jesus Christ, our savior, indicated that Moses gave us laws, however, this does not mean that all of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) was written by Moses. He probably wrote some things since a script existed at his time and some oral history was taught too.
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