The Book of Genesis was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. According to 2 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Timothy 3:16 also states that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Nonetheless, the question who were those “holy men” who were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the amazing words of the Book of Genesis? You may have a few recommendations or maybe a set of recommendations trying to answer that question.
So, who wrote the Book of Genesis?
This is a major question that most believers ask themselves. You will find different accounts, which serve as a proof for Moses as the one who chronicled the book of Genesis.
You see, the first five books also referred to as the Pentateuch, have long been considered to be written by Moses as well. The book was originally one book but was categorized into five individual books for the sake of convenience.
It’s considered that the number of details seen in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is important proof for Moses being the one who wrote them. One of the reasons for that is because he’s the pastor that God select to use in those times.
The events recorded in Genesis took place at least 2,500 years before the time of Moses. So, how could he chronicle the events of Genesis in such fine detail? Does that indicate the book of Genesis is a life?
You can find the answer to those questions in the Scripture—one verse mentioned how Moses recorded such events that are being inspired by God. As believers, you don’t follow or read the Holy Bible as it’s a book written by man, but only because it’s a book authored by God.
Keep in mind that the Bible doesn’t exactly mention who wrote the Book of Genesis. The author didn’t identify himself in the book as well. Nonetheless, the first five books of the Bible are referred to as the Law of Moses.
Jesus himself called such books “the Law of Moses.” Thus, it was Moses who wrote much of the text in the other four books. It’s then assumed that he wrote the Book of Genesis. If he wrote the book, he possibly relied on older oral or written accounts of his ancestors.
Another likelihood is that portions of Genesis were conveyed by divine revelation. Either way, the result was a coherent story that is inspired by God himself.
Other Recommendations That’s Worth Considering
For a very long time, the authorship of Moses was accepted by everybody. Nonetheless, some people today recommend that the Book of Genesis was written by somebody else later.
A few opinions differ most about when the book was written. Others recommend that it was written after the exile, but a few older books of the Bible demonstrate that the “Law of Moses” knew prior to that. Some other recommendations include the following:
- Someone in Joshua’s time – Collecting and editing the work of Moses and other ancient sources of information
- Someone in the time of the prophet Samuel – To unite the people of Israel and begin a monarchy
- Someone in the time of King Jonah – Recommend that the Book of the Law wasn’t discovered. Instead, it was invented at that time.
- Other people over different centuries – Then others put all the stories together
But please remember that there’s no solid proof for any of such theories. The author and editor of the Book of Genesis are mostly likely remaining to be Moses.
To conclude, it’s no doubt that Moses wrote the Book of Genesis as the Scripture attributes the writing to him. Nevertheless, we can’t be confident as to the particular time he wrote that book. The Holy Bible seems to debate for a 1445 BC date for the Exodus, but there’s no way we can be certain on that question.
It is probable that the Book of Genesis was written by a real eyewitness of the events reported therein. Perhaps the original stories were chronicled on tablets of clay or stone and then handed down from father to son, finally coming into the hands of Moses.
He probably picked the proper sections for compilation, added his editorial comments and additions, and presented flawless transitions from one document to the other, along with the final outcome being the Book of Genesis as we have it.
That theory of ownership of Genesis can’t be solidly proved, but it does seem to fit all accessible facts better than any other theory. It’s also consistent along with the doctrine of Biblical authority and inspiration, even with the exact historicity of its records.