A PAPER SUBMITTED TO
PROFESSOR JUBILEE CRISWELL
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE
REQUIREMENTS OF BI 105 PENTATEUCH
I _____________________________, WROTE THIS PAPER AND DID NOT PLAGIARIZE________________________________.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
The JEDP theory seeks to understand the authorship of the Pentateuch in light of the Documentary Hypothesis. This view believes that the Pentateuch represents the idea of four different sources rather than the work of primarily one author, traditionally Moses. So when we introduced to the JEDP theory it causes us to doubt what we have traditionally been thought to believe. We have been taught traditionally that Moses was the author of the Pentateuch, but scholar and researchers in the past 300 years say that it is impossible for Moses to have written the Pentateuch. One of their arguments states that the information found in the Pentateuch was before and after the life of Moses and would have been impossible for him to write about. It is also said that based on studies the Pentateuch must have had four different authors. This was concluded based on the different writing styles that can be seen in the original Hebrew writing of the Pentateuch. But how can this be right? This goes against what I was taught in Sunday school, and what the preacher said. They said that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible but in the last 200 years scientists are saying that he did not. Which is true? Is Moses the author of the Pentateuch and current studies and beliefs wrong? Or is the JEDP theory correct? "Although biblical scholarship is deeply divided on the issue of how the Pentateuch was composed, there is widespread agreement that the Pentateuch, as it now stands, is an edited work and not a piece of literature that was penned... by one individual." Unfortunately our first five books of the Old Testament in the oldest English version dating back...