Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Moses dies, couldn't have written Deuteronomy - Many religious people contend that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch) by himself. That can't be, because how could he have written Chapter 34, which is essentially his obituary?
It's a very short chapter, too. Moses dies in Moab and is buried somewhere near Bethpeor, but no one knows where his tomb is (Deut. 34:6).
It says he lived to be 120 years old, and was sharp-witted and able-bodied as ever, which contradicts Chapter 31, which said he was unable to "go out and come in". I'm not sure what Chapter 31 was referring to, but it sounded like it was a big problem for Moses.
The chapter also ends by saying that no prophet in Israel is like Moses, in that he knew Yahweh "face to face". This, of course, contradicts many other verses in the Bible that describe people who actually have seen Yahweh, or the claim that Yahweh can be seen at all. In fact, in Exodus 33:11, Yahweh Himself only shows his ass to Moses and tells him he will never be able to see his face because no man can see His Face and live.
And that ends my foray into the Book of Deuteronomy, and I'm proud to say, I finished reading the Pentateuch. Finally!