[b-hebrew] logograms--an ode to Hebrew
peterkirk at qaya.org
Thu Dec 23 18:35:35 EST 2004
On 23/12/2004 20:53, Jim West wrote:
> At 11:36 AM 12/23/2004, you wrote:
>> All of this is simply evidence that Genesis has undergone some kind
>> of redaction or editing since Moses' time. None of it is evidence
>> against the hypothesis that the text as we have it is substantially
>> as written by Moses, with some updating of the language and of place
> Am I correct in assuming that you think Moses wrote Genesis and that
> it has since been redacted? Moses wrote Genesis? Really? One
> question. Where in the text of Genesis does it say anywhere who wrote
Jim, I don't know who wrote Genesis. I am simply saying that there is no
conclusive evidence against the hypothesis that Moses wrote it. As with
nearly all biblical (including New Testament) books, we have very little
evidence either for or against authorship by any individual. All we have
to go on is certain traditions, sometimes very ancient, and the
speculations of certain scholars that those traditions are unreliable -
speculations for which there is rarely significant evidence if some
later redaction is allowed for.
The tradition that Moses wrote Genesis is certainly an ancient one. I
don't know how ancient, can anyone tell us? It is implicit but not
explicit in the New Testament. And I agree that it is not in the text of
the book itself.
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