Essay PreviewMore ↓
The Authorship of Genesis
Is the book of Genesis real or fiction? This is an age-old question. There are many thousands of Christians, who believe that Genesis is the absolute word of God. Many of these people believe that Moses wrote the book of Genesis, and believe that God himself told him what to write. Those who believe Moses wrote it really believe that God created the heaven and earth as well as all living things including man.
Then there are those who believe Genesis is nothing more than fiction. They do not believe that Moses or anyone else wrote Genesis. They do not believe that God created the heaven or earth. They believe we evolved from either fish or monkeys. They believe Genesis is nothing more than a fairytale written a long time ago. That is why when we look at the age-old question about the authorship of Genesis. We most look at three very important perspectives about, which may or may not have written Genesis. The first perspective we will look at is the belief that Moses is the author of Genesis. The second perspective we will look at, is the belief that Moses and many other authors wrote the book of Genesis. The third perspective is that Moses didn’t write Genesis at all, many historians and theologians believe that different writers contributed to the writings of Genesis.
When looking at that perspective that Moses was the sole author of Genesis. We must understand that this belief is deeply held by many conservative scholars and most of the Christian world. Those who believe that Moses was the author of Genesis, believe there are three ways which Moses transmitted Genesis. The first method was by direct revelation from God. Those who believe this believe that God spoke and told Moses what to write. These people believe that, "All scripture is given by the inspiration of god," (II Timothy 3:16). They also believe the Bible is infallible word of God and cannot lie, so when Jesus Christ himself stated, " And at the beginning Moses and all prophets he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in all the psalms concerning me" (Luke 24:27,44).
How to Cite this Page
"Essay on The Holy Bible - The Authorship of Genesis." 123HelpMe.com. 12 Dec 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- It has always been much speculated, and little doubt exists that the bible was not the work of any single author, but a collection of anecdotes by many. Jews and Christians in their millions believe that the holy texts came directly from god, Hebrews certain that the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses, ot the Torah is none other than godâs word, even though modern theologians concede that the whole was written by many, who preached diverse ideologies, linguistic styles and indeed a whole range of names for God as they saw the deity.... [tags: Bible, Torah, Criticism of the Bible]
1221 words (3.5 pages)
- The bible is the words of God. It is natural to believe that the bible should be read and practiced literally. However, as the Roman Catholic Church believes that “God speaks through men in men in human fashion” (Dei Verbum 12). Hence, what the authors want to say, and what God wants to express via their words should be located. In this essay, the reasons for which the Holy Scriptures should be interpreted shall be discussed in further detail. Firstly, the Bible was not written to contemporary readers.... [tags: Bible, Religious text, Torah, Christianity]
801 words (2.3 pages)
- While most westerners know the story of Joseph as a passage from the end of the book of Genesis in the Bible or the Torah, understanding the story and its intricacies in sura 12 of the Qur’an proves equally important. Joseph’s story in Genesis emphasizes his personal abilities and God rewarding him and his people’s loyalty and faith amidst hardship. The Qur’an takes the same plot and enforces the theme of monotheism and Joseph’s prophetic role in its spread. The Qur’an’s interpretation serves as a more influential religious text in the context of its body of belief, whereas the Biblical story of Joseph, with its thematically intriguing story line and embellishments, comparatively serves a g... [tags: genesis, christian, islam]
1171 words (3.3 pages)
- Genesis - Chapter One as an Executive Summary “In the beginning…” Genesis 1:1 Acknowledging a beginning in the first sentence of any text is in itself indicative of the nature of the text as a whole. It is an acknowledgement of a creation. It is an admission that what is has not always existed and that a higher power is at work. Genesis begins with this phrase as a reminder of the existence of God; it emphasizes the fact that man is not alone. Dually, the phrase also is indicative of the nature of the Book of Genesis, and as the first book of the Bible it sets the frame for the entire text.... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
2002 words (5.7 pages)
- The Nature of God in the Genesis Genesis is the first book of the Bible. It begins with the story of God’s creation of the universe. The Lord is the Almighty Creator of the world, skies, heavens, seas, animals, man, and woman. He governs the universe and develops relationships with man. Throughout Genesis, God acknowledges the fact that human beings make mistakes, and accepts their imperfection. Throughout Genesis, God changes from one who does not tolerate disobedience, to one who shows clemency. Early on in Genesis, God punishes Adam and Eve for disobedience. After making the mistake of flooding the world, the Lord realizes that even He is not perfect, and does not allow Jac... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
1092 words (3.1 pages)
- The Cruel God of Genesis This essay will propose and support the thesis that God carries the blame for the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden and resulting downfall of mankind. Genesis has always been the cause of heated discussions. The work itself is not all that confusing, but rather the symbolism buried deep within the text is. The opinions of the reader often have a substantial influence on the reader's interpretation of the text. Because the scripture has played such an important role in the theological beliefs of so many Christians, extremely different interpretations of the text have the potential to create distance between even the closest of friends and even worse,... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
832 words (2.4 pages)
- The Nature of God in Genesis The depiction of God in the Bible’s story of creation, namely Genesis, brings to mind the image of an omnipotent, almighty and all-powerful child playing in a sandbox. Like a child his sole purpose seems to be to simply amuse himself, and possibly acquire a source of unconditional love. These needs are in contrast to the classic view of God acting with the idea of an ultimate plan. His actions clearly show that there is no perfect plan, or if there is it must be grossly overcomplicated.... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
1153 words (3.3 pages)
- Dionysus and Genisis God Every individual has his/her own view of a divine power. It appears that each different culture looks at its’ higher being in a different way. Texts and myths are used by each culture to explain its god or gods or even goddesses. Genesis, from the Bible, shows the many characteristics of the Christian God, as does Euripides' The Bacchae of Dionysus. The two separate Gods are shown to illustrate very similar human characteristics; however, they differ by their godly attributes and their effect on how women are viewed in today's society.... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
784 words (2.2 pages)
- Genesis 1-3 and the Downfall of Mankind People hold many differing opinions about Genesis 1-3. Some people believe that God didn't want Adam and Eve to have the knowledge of good and evil because it would make them as gods. The purpose of this essay is to show that Adam and Eve caused the downfall of mankind. Now, to the untrained eye, it may be possible to interpret the aforementioned text as having certain "scheisty" tendencies coming from both the serpent and, believe it or not, God himself.... [tags: Holy Bible Genesis Essays]
677 words (1.9 pages)
- The Holy Bible is Fact, Not Fiction The Hebrew word used for "day" is the word yom. Every other time the word is used in the Old Testament in conjunction with a number, a literal, 24-hour period of time is being described; what we know as a day. The word is never used metaphorically in the Bible. The verses most commonly used to say that the word day in Genesis could mean more than a 24 hour period are Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3, which quotes Psalm 90:4. Psalm 90:4 - For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.... [tags: Holy Bible Essays]
1379 words (3.9 pages)
Oral tradition as well as stories writes down the second way, in which they believe Moses transmitted the book of Genesis, on tablets of stone. They believe that Genesis was retold from father to son, which they then collected and wrote down. They again believe Moses was guided by the holy sprit when he wrote Genesis. (Morris 25) They also believe Moses took actual written records of the past and collecting them put them together to form the fished book of Genesis.
The second perspective states that although Moses wrote some of the book of Genesis, he did not all of it. Many believe that toke writings handed down from father to son via the line of the Patriarchs listed in Genesis, Adam, Noah, Sham, Korah, and others. Each patriarch wrote down individual accounts of events. These events occurred in his lifetime and he had direct knowledge of the event. Moses then selected writings, which were relevant to his purpose. Many people believe Moses main purpose for writing Genesis is because God wanted the Jewish people and the world to have a record of creation.
The last perspective is that Moses didn’t write Genesis at all. Those who believe this perspective believe that many unknown writers and editors wrote Genesis. They believe that ancient scribes of Israel compiled and edited several old legends and traditions. They believe these oral legends not only came from their elders, but also Egyptians, Babylonians, and others. This perspective is also called the "J, E, D, P hypothesis." The J tradition is the earliest discernable tradition in the Pentateuch (the name given to the first five books of the Bible). The J tradition is known as the "yahwist" tradition because this was one of the first names of God given in the Old Testament. This tradition covers a remarkable wide sweep of history, beginning with the first man and showing the relevance of all early history to God’s specific plan for the chosen people of God Israel. The E tradition is called the "Elohist" because of its careful use of "Elohim" in pre-Sinai material. Elohim is also another name given for God in the Old Testament and pre- Sinai refers to the children of Israel before Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. The E tradition begins with Abraham who is presented as a prophet. ( Genesis 20:7) The E tradition is the great climax history for God’s chosen people. The D tradition is the deuteronomic tradition. This tradition is marked with great oratory style and is expressed through distinctive vocabulary. This tradition points to a period of religious crisis, for god’s chosen. The last tradition is the P or priestly tradition. The final contribution to the formation of that Pentateuch which is gives us the P tradition. It is believed that was written around the time of Ezra a Prophet in Israel. It is believed that the historical books, Jos-Kgs were separated from the rest of history, thus isolating the Pentateuch, which became the basic Law or Torah for later Judaism. [Brown, Fitzmyer, Roland, Jerome Biblical Commentary].
In this paper I have given three different perspectives on the authorship of Genesis. In doing my research I found that each perspective has many varied opinions about who wrote Genesis. I have tried to give as much information to the reader as possible so that you can decide which perspective best fits your beliefs on the authorship of Genesis.