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Bible Topics | * Mosaic Authorship * Dating of Genesis * Purpose of Writing * Theological Themes of Genesis |

People to Know | Places to Know | Terms to Know | SpinozaAstruc | | Documentary TheoryCovenant History |

Study Questions: Answer the following questions (based on the reading), save it and then submit it to the professor.

1. What is the Documentary Theory?
The Documentary Source Theory states the belief that Torah was not written by Moses, but rather, four independent authors. (Ch. 1 Pg. 21 ) 2. Give the “contributions” Spinoza and Astruc made to this theory.
Spinoza developed a "higher criticism" of the Bible to analyze its contents internally, rather
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(Lev. 18:3; Deut. 12:9; 15:4, 7; 17:14; Num. 2:l; Lev. 14:8; 16:21; 17:3, 9; Exod. 15:27; 25:5; Gen. 41:43; Deut. 14:5; Lev. 11:16). (Ch. 1 Pg. 25)

6. Does any one specific evidence stand out to you more than the rest? Which one? Why?
Personally, I like the extral evidence, of our Lord Jesus, when he asked the Sadducees, "Have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?" (Mark 12 :26) He refers to Moses as the author of the book. I don’t think that after that there is need for further evidences. (Ch. 1 Pg. 24 & My own opinion)

7. What is significant about the date for the writing of the book of Genesis (not about the events of Genesis)?
Properly dating the book of Genesis would allow us to build a timeline of creation which we can be used to trace back to day one of creation. However, this is extremely difficult to determine for two fundamental reasons: (1) the Bible provides no controllable statis- tical data that apply to the problem of absolute chronology; (2) most of the events took place in the preliterate period for which we have no extrabiblical written documents. (Ch. 1 Pg. 28)

8. Is it important to know exactly how old the earth is? Why or why not?
No, I believe that what is significant is how and why, not when. Knowing when doesn’t change anything else. If we
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