Who REALLY Wrote the Bible? (And Who Really Cares?)

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There’s an interesting article in today’s news:

Israeli Software Resurrects Debate About the Bible’s Authors: “Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote the Bible. The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book.”

Most scholars agree that the Bible was actually compiled from various texts which were written much later, around the time of the Babylonian Exile. I have no quarrel with this hypothesis, and I am certainly not of the opinion that God literally picked up a pencil and wrote the Bible, or that Moses sat down and wrote every word before he died. The historical, academic, and scientific critiques of the text are almost certainly valid.

But there is a further scholarly assumption with which I am not in agreement. This is the assumption that various scribes, with diverse and often conflicting agendas, took bits and pieces of assorted ancient texts which they happened to like, and wove them together – often at random, with lots of mistakes regarding facts and names, and with much unnecessary repetition of material – into the Bible which we have today: a confusing Bible which leads all sorts of experts into the madness of frantically worrying about “who really wrote this part”, “when was this part really written”, and other useless intellectual wild goose chases such as the one in today’s news.

Rather, I am fully convinced that the people who put together the current Bible knew exactly what they were doing. The pieces, clearly taken from various stories and writings, were consciously and deliberately arranged, by brilliant and enlightened initiates, into this extraordinary symbolic story which contains the precise blueprint of the Creation, and the path of the human soul – the microcosm of the Creation – as it fulfills its destiny and returns to God.

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sologake says:

Neat to me Bible words are the words of God and God is risponsible for that :: :: ::
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John Backman says:

Bravo for an important post. It echoes what I’ve been thinking lately about the Bible: i.e., that its human origins–stories by people about God–doesn’t preclude the notion that God’s truth is somehow, somewhere, contained therein. For me, holding both those thoughts in tension makes the entire scripture much more interesting.