Friday, 21 October 2011

Holy Moses! Another Bible Blunder!

Holy Moses, Meek and Mild
Everyone knows that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, don't they? You know, the first five books of the Bible which includes Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Ask any Christian and they'll tell you Moses wrote those. Even the laws in them are called the Laws of Moses or the Mosaic Laws. That great Jewish historian, Josephus even confirmed it and all Christians will tell you what a reliable historian he was. He even 'proved' Jesus was real, so they claim...

But what's this we find?
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
Blimey! If Moses wrote that about himself, that wasn't very meek of him. In fact, the terms 'vain' and 'arrogant' are more apposite. There'll be no inheriting the earth for him!

So what's going on here? Is Moses lying or is that someone else writing about him?

If it's someone else, who is it? There's no mention anywhere of Moses having a personal scribe who wrote everything down, including all the laws the Bible says Moses heard God speak unto him.

So, was it all made up later and the story about Moses writing it is just a lie, or is Moses lying about being 'very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth' when really he was vain and arrogant?

And if it WAS all made up later, so were the laws which supposedly God gave directly to Moses. They are just the work of the author and have no divine authority whatsoever... Oops! Crikey!

What a Bible Blunder! You'd have thought an omniscient god would be a little more convincing than that wouldn't you. (Tweet this)

I expect Bible literalists have a sensible explanation and can clear it all up for us.

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  1. Let us not forget that Deuteronomy describes Moses' death!

    "5 And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. 6 He buried him[a] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone."

    Clearly Moses wrote that too?

  2. If it was written by Moses it would be more personal, like there would be something in there about manna causing diarrhea.

  3. Nice article. I read the book by Peter Enns "The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins" and he came up with the same conclusions. I believe he is a closet Atheist, but what do I know. Here is a link to his website... ..Cheers

  4. And God gave Moses all those rules but failed to mention the lake of fire? That seems like an important detail!

  5. If Moses was brought up in the Pharaoh's household,wouldn't he be 'writing ' in hieroglyphics? Does it state somewhere in the christian book of mythology that the Moses character learned to write Aramaic or ancient Hebrew ?

    1. That's a very good point. According to Wikipedia, the Proto-Canaanite alphabet dates from about 1400 BCE (

      Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic are all closely related languages. Significantly, Hebrew has few if any loan words from Ancient Egyptian. Even the word 'Pharaoh' is a Hebrew word which has been adopted by modern Egyptian but was never used by them in Ancient times. It means 'owner of an estate'. You would think, if there was a genuine historical connection, the Hebrews would have used the Egyptian word for their putative oppressor. Interestingly, the 'Pharaoh' is never named in Genesis either. Probably, whoever was making the story up in about the 7th-Century BCE didn't know the names of any Pharaohs from the time in which he was setting the tale.


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