Dating the pentateuch

The first five books of the Bible have from the earliest of time been taken by the Jews to constitute a unity known to them as the Torah or Law.

To the Jews, the word Torah best described this part of Scripture as this biblical Hebrew term means not only the "law" but also "teaching" or "instruction" which more completely characterizes God’s communication to the Israelites through Moses (Wolf:19).

Moses wrote at least the vast majority of the Pentateuch.

This brief article will note what archaeologists found and conclusions are drawn regarding not only the historicity of the biblical texts, but also when they were composed.

I am not attempting to account for every site mentioned in Genesis, I am focusing in on the "archaeological anomalies" which are useful in the dating of the text.

There are about two dozen verses in the Hebrew Scriptures and one dozen in the Christian Scriptures which state or strongly imply that Moses was the author.

Consider the following passages from the New Living Translation (NLT): But nowhere in the Bible is it specifically stated that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch.

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  1. Clearly, such huge time periods cannot be fitted into the Bible without compromising what the Bible says about the goodness of God and the origin of sin, death and suffering—the reason Jesus came into the world (See Six Days? He said, This only makes sense with a time-line beginning with the creation week thousands of years ago.

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