Just now I was fishing around for an old post for a rerun, and thought it would be nice to do something on the Old Testament. It’s been a while! Here is one from many years ago that deals with a question I still get regularly today. You might have it too!
Do you have a suggestion for a book concerning the Old Testament’s construction? I believe in the History of God (by K. Armstrong) she mentioned that there were about five distinct writers for the OT. Is this the scholarly view and do you have a book suggestion to delve deeper into it?
This is an issue that has been on my mind a lot lately [I was writing this in 2012!]. Right now, my current writing project is a college-level textbook on the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation. This seems to me to be way too much to cram into a semester, but as it turns out, something like half the colleges in the country teach biblical courses this way, rather than having Hebrew Bible in one semester and New Testament another. And, in my judgment, the textbooks currently available for the course are not as good as they should be. So my publisher, some years ago, urged me to write one myself. I decided to make the attempt, and I’m in the midst of it right now.
In what follows I explain what kinds of sources were used to construct the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) and why it was not written by Moses — all with good bibliography! Want to see? Join the blog!!