The first five books of the Bible (the Torah, Pentateuch, whichever you wish to call it) are, as most people know, ascribed to Moses.
When I was growing in a Christian setting, I more-or-less just “heard” bits and pieces of what the Bible teaches… It wasn’t until later that I realized I never actually willingly read the Bible — so I wanted to change that and decided to read the whole Bible from cover to cover.
In regards to the first five books I was puzzled as to why they were written by Moses. All the events in the first book, Genesis, takes places thousands of years before Moses is even born. Secondly, every mention of Moses is in the third-person (not in the same fashion as say Paul’s epistles). Thirdly, in the last couple chapters of Deuteronomy it records Moses’ own death!
So my question is this: how important is Mosaic authorship to the Bible, and what are it’s affects on things like divine inspiration and biblical inerrancy? I will list the majored views in three prepositions:
Preposition #1 Moses wrote the entire Torah, word for word.
Preposition #2 Moses wrote the entire Torah, along with editors, scribes to finalize it.
Preposition #3 Moses might have written parts of the Torah, but there’s no reason to think he wrote all of it, or even most of it. The books were ascribed to him most likely because he’s the central figure in the books. There could have been a great multitude of authors.
If preposition 1 and 2 are false, and the third one is correct, what affect does that have on divine inspiration, if any at all?