Who Wrote The Hebrew Bible?
A close reading of the Hebrew Bible reveals the existence of doublets: two stories that describe the same event. A few examples:
- Abraham’s covenant (Genesis 15:1-21 and 17:1-27),
- Jacob becoming Israel (Genesis 32:25-33 and 35:9-15),
- Yahweh summons Moses (Exodus 3-4 and 6:2-30)
- Water in the wilderness (Exodus 15:22b-25a and 17:1-7)
Dozens of these doublets appear throughout the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Torah). Traditionally, the Torah is thought to have a single author, and doublets like these were explained as either a) different events, or b) same event but with different emphases.
But what if these doublets exist because the Torah has multiple authors?
Let’s look deeper.
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