Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 4 months ago

How could Moses be the author of Deuteronomy when his obituary is listed as the last chapter?

Deuteronomy 34:1–12

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead as far as Dan . . . . So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day. Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished . . . .

11 Answers

  • User
    Lv 7
    4 months ago
    Favourite answer

    First: realize that TRADITION teaches that Moses is the author of Deuteronomy.

    The Book of Deuteronomy does not teach that.

    The Bible does not teach that.

    Linguistic analysis suggests that Deuteronomy was authored MUCH later than the oldest passages in the rest of the Pentateuch. (*Centuries* later.)

    But despite these facts there have been a couple of popular theories explaining (or excusing) how Moses could be the author of Deuteronomy despite the last chapter.

    - In the last chapter Moses prophetically described his own death!

    - The last chapter was authored by Joshua, Moses' successor.


    far more likely

    is what the evidence indicates:

    that Moses did not author Deuteronomy at all.

  • David
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Perhaps that verse was appended by his successor Joshua.

  • 4 months ago

    Moses wrote that part before he went up into the mountain.  There he was translated so as not to see death.  He didn't want people worshiping him or making his grave a shrine.

  • 4 months ago

    Maybe Joshua or one of the priests or scribes finished the non-legal part. How much effort does it take to write "The End?"

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  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Pseudepigrapha was a common, accepted practice in ancient Near Eastern writings. Moses didn’t have to personally write all of it for it to be attributed to him. 

  • 4 months ago

    Not written in the first person.  "then Moses went up.......", clearly indicates another writer.


  • 4 months ago

    God told Moses what to write.  How could Moses write Genesis?   Moses wasn't with God in the beginning.  God had to tell Moses what to write in both instances.  So God gave Moses Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy or the Torah.  Moses had the words of God given to him by God, but Moses may have had a scribe write the words for him and the scribe finished with the death of Moses.  

    Any way you look at the Holy Bible, it is written by God because only God knows the beginning and ending.  Our future is written in Revelation and a man is promised a blessing for reading it.  When God puts His Holy Spirit into man, then man has God with him.

  • 4 months ago

    Since there is absolutely no evidence that suggests the Exodus happened, we have to suspect that Moses never existed.  However, even if Moses had existed, it would be extremely unlikely for him to have authored any of the Pentateuch. 

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Trying to make sense of obvious nonsense is an exercise in futility.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    With God all things are possible

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