Who wrote the Pentateuch (Torah)?

Author: BibleAsk Team

The Pentateuch (Torah)

The Bible contains references attributing the first five books of the Bible or the Pentateuch (Torah or Law) to Moses:

First: there are numerous references to how Moses wrote the law of God.

“And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord” (Exodus 24:4).

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write these words…’ ” (Exodus 34:27).

“Now Moses wrote down the starting points of their journeys at the command of the Lord” (Numbers 33:2).

“So Moses wrote this law and delivered it to the priests…” (Deuteronomy 31:9).

Second: Bible writers in the Old Testament credited Moses with writing the Pentateuch (Torah, Law).

“There in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua copied on stones the law of Moses, which he [Moses] had written” (Joshua 8:32).

“…Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses” (2 Chronicles 34:14). Also ( Ezra 3:2; 6:18; Nehemiah 13:1; Malachi 4:4).

Third: the New Testament writers also affirmed that Moses wrote the Pentateuch.

“The law was given through Moses” (John 1:17).

“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them [His disciples—EL] in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself ” (Luke 24:27).

“For Moses from generations of old hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath” (Acts 15:21).

“For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, ‘The man who does those things shall live by them’ ” (Romans 10:5).

“But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart” (2 Corinthians 3:15).

“They have Moses (his writings) and the prophets; let them hear them” (Luke 16:29).

“We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45). Notice also that New Testament Sadducees considered Moses as the author, saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother” (Mark 12:19).

Fourth: Jesus Himself confirmed that “the Law” came from Moses.

“Have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ ” (Mark 7:10).

“For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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