How was the Book of Genesis written?
The Book of Genesis claims to record the creation of the universe and the early history of mankind. Who wrote it, and where did the writer get all of his information - some of which is about events before the first human was created? If God dictated the text or inspired it, why does the bible not record the fact?
- yesmarLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Genesis is attributed to Moses. It does not claim to be a 'record' of creation. It is a statement of creation, a declaration that creation is the authorship of the true God, to oppose the false pagan Cosmologies prevalant in Moses' time. 'Inspired' does not mean that an angel stood over his shoulder dictating anything to him or that a leather bound volume fell out of the sky. Moses no doubt compiled oral traditions and inspired truths that were revealed to him by unknown sources and histories, not to mention that yes, in fact God did actually talk to him face to face and no doubt gave him some heretofore missing details. genesis is Hebrew poetry, it is not a scientific blueprint of the process or proceedure of creation. Thanks for asking friend, good luck in your studies.
- TessieLv 41 decade ago
Moses compiled the book of Genesis from previously written manuscripts. The first covered Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:4. Notice verse 4 says, "This is the history of the heavens and the earth in the time of their being created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven." In our time, in English, this would be the first verse, but in Hebrew what we would call the 'introduction,' comes last.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that God inspired the Scriptures when it says, "all scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, . . ." So Jehovah is the author of the Bible and he determined what would appear in it by guiding his devoted servants. He guided Moses to record what facts it was important for us to know.
Also knowing that Moses used many written scrolls, we can understand that everything in Genesis is not strictly in chronological order.Source(s): www.watchtower.org
- Anonymous4 years ago
Most scholars believe that Genesis was written in the 9th century BC. One source is "Who Wrote the Bible" by Richard Friedman, but you can find the same date in just about any modern academic work on the subject.
- pyjamatopLv 61 decade ago
The bible was not inspired by God.When the colonies came to earth they kept a journal of events ,births ,deaths marriages and daily occurances as well as special events worth recording, as they were here for 930 years. Dont forget there were already humans on earth before they came here.The beginning was written as a quick gloss over how they got here in order to begin the book.
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- Alfred IsacLv 51 decade ago
First Fives books including Genesis is Moses.
I believe He got all the information from God at mount Sinai.
Bible is fact.Source(s): Brain
- .Lv 71 decade ago
by primitive people with a wild fantasy. To credit them..they had no other means to find out, so, they made it up the best they could
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It was written by primitive goat herders that didn't understand the natural world.
- PollyLv 61 decade ago
By hand with a quill?
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Under an assumed name.
- anonLv 71 decade ago
the bible records the fact that God inspired the writings