- Jun 13, 2014
Oz, I'm not a scholar like you are and I do not study like you do.
I go by what I've learned in a couple of churches and what little I've read. I cannot even attempt to list bibliographies like you do.
I know that fundamentalists take every word in the entire bible as the actual word of God. Not all Christians do, and I happen to be one of those that do not.
This is the best I could do....
This is just too much for me to digest Oz.
I'm not saying Moses did NOT write either all or most of the Torah.
What I'm saying is that we can't be sure. Your reasoning is very sound,,,as it always is...but I just don't know how we could be sure.
What I'm saying...is that Moses added some of those rules and they may not be specifically from God..
I know this is rejected by fundamentalist Christians, but we do have to admit that Jesus fixed some of those incorrect rules/laws that are found in the Torah.
With any writing from history, especially ancient history as in the Bible, we cannot be 100% sure about the content because of the vast distance between the writing and out reading it now.
We go with the 'beyond reasonable doubt' approach.
How do we know that these words from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' are accurate? I studied Hamlet in high school back in the 1960s and there was not a word said by the teacher that would doubt the authenticity of that play.
Shakespeare wrote Hamlet between 1599 and 1601.
Have you read Homer's epic, The Odyssey, lately as a bedtime story? He wrote it between 9th to 8th century BC and the earliest known copy is from Roman times prior to 3rd century AD.
Those working or reading in the field of classics would not seriously question the content of The Odyssey, even though there is a gap of 11 centuries between the writing and the earliest fragment of a copy found.
The OT and NT evidence is far superior to these 2 examples. See: Historical Reliability of the Old Testament; Historical Reliability of the New Testament.