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DID MOSES
WRITE THE TORAH?

The evidence that Moses did not write
the first five books in the Bible
called the Pentateuch, or the Torah,
based on the evidence taken from the Torah


     It has been a traditional belief that Moses was the author who wrote the first five books of the Bible,known as the Torah (the law) or the Pentateuch. No one was present at the time to verify that Moses did indeedwrite the entire law, however this belief can be tested by examining the books in question. Even a cursory investigation is enough to conclusively demonstrate that no single individual,Moses or not, wrote them, but that rather they are composed of a conflation of conflictingand diverse source materials with the component parts composed over a span of many centuries.Finally these divergent sources were edited and then conflated in a single set of manuscripts.

     The following essays employ the techniques of source criticism, redaction criticism, and form criticism to demonstrate both how to employ these techniques in analyzing the Bible, and also to demonstrate that the books of the Torah are composed of diverse source materials that were then edited together, usually by being chopped into small pieces, with the inconsistencies in the different traditions left intact, thus accounting for the fact that the Bible is contradictory. It is not the case that it was simply Moses who wrote the Bible, or better said, it was not Moses who wrote the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah. There is also ample evidence that in earlier times, when other books of the Bible were being written, that other authors either did not believe that Moses wrote the Torah, or they did not consider the fact that Moses was the author of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, to be a limitation on their own ability to contradict what we find recorded in earlier manuscripts, supposedly written by Moses and imputed with the greatest authority as a result.

     The evidence indicates that it was the Levite priesthood who wrote the Levitical laws in the Bible, and that these were not simply the laws of God brought down from Mount Sinai by Moses. This can be demonstrated to the satisifaction of anyone who wants to follow the links below and make a careful and objective investigation of the matter free from the bias or prejudice of religious dogma. It was the Levites who had the most to gain by propagating the myth that Moses wrote the Bible, and that Moses brought Levitical laws down from Mount Sinai on the orders of God. That such a belief still holds sway is an affront to the truth, because it can be demonstrated to be false, and in this way the political interests of the Levitical priesthood of ancient Israel can be seen to remain of political and religious importance long after they themselves passed from the scene...

Conflicting accounts of the Exodus

Historical contradictions in the story of Balaam

Authors Unknown

Variant traditions

The two versions of the flood story

Bizarre inconsistencies in the story of the tower of Babel

Jacob and the multiple traditions of Bethel

Conflicting Genealogies

The resurrection of the giants

The two Abrahams

Where were the religious shrines located?

The promiscuous editing of Genesis - the story of Judah

The two stories of creation

Back to the future. Passages Moses could not have written.


RELATED ESSAYS

The story of the Golden calf, and the two versions of the story of the Ten Commandments

Contradictions on the inerrancy of the Bible in the Gospel of Matthew

Factions in the Levitical Priesthood

The radical prophets and the early church rejected Moses as the author of the Torah

The late dating of the composition of the Torah. When were the Torah laws composed?

Two separate traditions

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