Some Internal Evidence Supporting Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch

While some don’t believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, also known as The Pentateuch, here is a list of several evidences from within the books themselves that support the notion that he did.

1. Eyewitness details, particularly in Exodus, such as the number of palms at Elim (Exod. 15:27), the taste and consistency of manna (Exod. 16:31), and Moses’ killing and burying the Egyptian in the sand (Exod. 10:12).

2. A thorough acquaintance with Egypt: gods, names, titles, etc.; this uniqueness is found only in the Pentateuch.

3. An outsider’s view of Canaan and a stranger’s view of Palestine: weather, plants and animals, even the clean and unclean animals are only found in Egyptian areas.

4. From Exodus through Numbers there is a distinct desert atmosphere to the narratives and they are written like an authentic eyewitness account.

5. Genesis refers to archaic customs that existed in the 2nd millennium B.C. but not in the 1st millennium B.C. such as a deathbed will, having legitimate children with a handmaid, inheritance rights by possession of family gods (teraphim) as in story of Rachel and Laban (Gen. 31).

6. The use of archaic Hebrew throughout in the use of words such as lamb, laugh, young girl, and sheep (which has a different letter in the middle, a variation found only three times outside the Pentateuch).

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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One Response to Some Internal Evidence Supporting Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch

  1. Michael, Have you read Jonathan Edwards’ defense of Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch? You can find it in his “Notes on Scripture” volume 2 of His works. Also, Geerhardus Vos did his doctoral dissertation on this subject under William Henry Green, who also did a wonderful work against the Wellhausian view. I thought you might be interested to know these works if you do not already. BTW, I am a distant student at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in GRand Rapids. Are you familiar with the school?

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