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Featured Authorship of Torah

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Rival, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Rival

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    This one's super easy, probably been squabbled over before, and not even aimed at Muslims (so you guys can relax, for once)

    Who wrote Torah? I refer to the five books specifically.

    There are many hypotheses: Moses / Documentary Hypothesis / A stoner etc

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    No idea, since I can't go back in time and observe it being originally written for myself.
     
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  3. Rival

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    Good thing that's not how historical analysis works..?
     
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    Historical evidence is not proof.

    At best, a majority of historians might analyze and interpret the evidence and then lean towards a conclusion, but this does not prove history. After all, there will always be dissenting historians who conclude differently after interpreting the same evidence.
     
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    I'm not asking for absolute proof though. If there were absolute proof, this wouldn't be a debate. It would be a non-issue. I'm asking, 'How do you/your faith/ interpret the authorship of Torah?' Was it Moses? Priests? Who?
     
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    The idea is, one person says 'Moses' another says 'Documentary Hypothesis', back up joins in, a debate begins, we fling mud at each other, go 16 pages in, change the topic, and come no closer to a conclusion; we then tire of it and start a new debate on something totally unrelated. This is how RF debates work. We don't do it for a conclusion; we do it because we crave the thrill of the fight.
     
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    I see it likely as a collaborative effort as a way by those at the top (priests, etc.) to maintain control over the common people. Tithes given to them of free land, free food, free money, and protection by the common people. Commanded by "god", of course.
     
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    Perhaps it was pirates who encountered an alien intelligence? I see this idea put forward in space movies such as Stargate or 2001: A Space Odyssey. Perhaps it was written by pirates after they encountered an alien intelligence. The alien gave them a civilization, and then they, amazed and happy, worked their fingers off trying to codify and study everything they could find about aliens. Thus they incorporated various Babylonian texts which seemed remotely related to alien visitations into the Bible. Pyramid power, etc. Explains everything, doesn't it?
     
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    Or maybe we will all agree and a miracle will happen?

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    As a statement of faith, I say that God wrote it, and told it to Moses to transcribe but some of the fifth book was authored by Moses. The talmud discusses options for the final 8 verses:
    1. Joshua
    2. Moses through prophecy

    note -- my position cannot be proven, but it also can't be disproven. I'm OK with that.
     
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    Moses probably took some old sources PLUS spoke to God face to face PLUS in some narrow cases verses added after Moses died, particularly about Moses death

    In a sense God superintended the process and it was 'God breathed'

    Moses also is the author of Psalm 90 (and maybe more after than where he authored the first of some set of Psalms). Psalm 90 is the head of book 4 of the Psalms which poetically relates to the book of Numbers in the Torah.

     
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    Documentary hypothesis
     
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    To be honest, I don't find the documentary hypothesis credible. There is too much structure in the books of Torah to carve out pieces of books like that The books tie together. There is a high amount of (often chiastic) structure suggesting deliberate organization by one main person.

     
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    I lean towards the Documentary Hypothesis. It does a great job of explaining why we find the narrative(s) we do and why there seem to be variations already built into the text. But, I certainly do not rule out a single author as being impossible.
     
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    Now don't step on my head and kill me for this.

    I don't believe the 5 books, the Pentateuch, is the Torah.
     
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    I don't really think anyone truly knows, probably man people did.
     
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    Started with Joseph in Egypt...
     
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    It's amazing how cleaned up a bunch of texts can be when edited. Isn't Ezra supposed to be one of the editors?
     
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    Well Kelly.... I don't believe any conservative scholar would say Ezra was an editor of the Torah
    and old manuscrupts like the Samaritan Pentateauch predating that would call Ezra as editor into question.... in my opinion...
     
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