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Did Moses write the Commandments?

Before I even answer this question, I want you to wonder why Moses would have written two slightly different versions of the Ten Commandments, if he was carefully and studiously following the word of God:

  • One version, in Deuteronomy chapter 5, says to keep the Sabbath holy, explaining

And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Another version, in Exodus chapter 20, explains the reason differently:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

My answer, based on the consensus of biblical scholars, is that neither Moses nor God wrote the Commandments.

The earlier version, in Deuteronomy chapter 5, is believed to have been written by an anonymous author now known as the Deuteronomist during the seventh-century-BCE reign of King Josiah. The later copy, in Exodus chapter 20, is attributed to another anonymous author now known as the Priestly source, writing during or shortly after the Babylonian Exile. Exodus 20:11 links this set of Commandments to the first creation story (Genesis 1:1–2:4a), which is also attributed to the Priestly Source.

The two versions were either based on a common source document or, more probably, the Priestly Source copied the Deuteronomist’s version and just changed the explanation of the Sabbath commandment in order to make it fit with the first creation story.

 

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If the Bible had been edited differently would you think of God the same?

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Tamara Wilhite, bachelor of science Industrial Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington (1998)