Who Wrote Deuteronomy 34?

  Some unbelievers mock the Bible because they cannot understand why Moses' death is written about in a part of the Torah. They claim that Moses could not possibly have written the Book of Deuteronomy because of that passage.

  So who did write about Moses' death as it is recorded in Deuteronomy 34?

  Here are three reasonable options:

  First, Moses himself could have written those words because God had already told him that he was going to die. God even told him when he would die.

  Here is that conversation:

48 On that same day the Lord spoke to Moses, 

49 “Go up Mount Nebo in the Abarim range in the land of Moab, across from Jericho, and view the land of Canaan I am giving the Israelites as a possession. 

50 Then you will die on the mountain that you go up, and you will be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people." Deuteronomy 32

  As always, Yahweh was crystal clear about what was going to happen to His servant Moses. Moses had seen Yahweh do many great miracles consistently for over 80 years, and so he had no reason to doubt God about his pending death.

  So that is our first possibility: Moses could have written that ending himself.

  The second possibility is that it was Joshua or one of Moses' scribes who penned in those last words after Moses had died. 

  Moses had already written 5 entire Books which we now divide into 187 chapters. If Joshua or a scribe had added that epilogue to the other 33 chapters of the Book of Deuteronomy...

  would we say that Moses was no longer the Book's author? 

  Of course not.

  The Pentateuch has a total of 5,852 verses.

  If Moses wrote all but 12 of them, would we say someone else wrote the Torah? 

  Of course not. The idea is simply ludicrous.

  But scholars point out that there is one more explanation for this portion of Deuteronomy (there may be other theories). And it is that, since the Scriptures used to be kept in rolls prior to the invention of the book in the 1st century AD, it could be that Deuteronomy 34 is actually the first chapter of the Book of Joshua, the book which follows Deuteronomy in the Bible. 

  Which means that Joshua, Moses' right hand man and the one chosen to take Israel into the Promised Land, could have written that epitaph for his friend Moses.

  Any of these three possibilities are more than reasonable solutions to this question. With that being said, we remember these wise and realistic words:

Jesus is Lord!

The Religion of Circularity?

  Here's another question for our Muslim friends... 

  What if someone were to announce the following?
  "The Holy, Eternal and Official Book of Circles 7:11 says,
  'There is no god but Circulo. Joker Naik is His prophet, and Muhammad is not. I hereby declare that much of the Quran is corrupt, and only that which agrees with My Wholly Noble Book of Circles is correct!'"
  So an offended Muslim would shout and say (in all caps, of course),
  "You blaspheme our holy prophet (who the Quran never calls holy)! You are wrong! Where is your evidence?"
  Well, Circular Reasoning would say, "Here is the proof. It comes from the Holy Book of Circles 13:648, which says,
  'Lo, as I told you before but you weren't listening, there is no god but Circulo, Joker Naik is His prophet and Muhammad is still not one of His messengers.'"
  So the Muslim would say,
  "That is unfair! You cannot use the Book of Circles as evidence since you have never proven that Circulo is God or that Joker is his prophet!"
  And the Circular Reasoning response (most often used by Muslims as well) would be:
  "Oh, yes we have! The Book of Circles 492:5 says,
  'Lo, o Joker Naik! For you are My prophet. And I have sent thee My angel Faker Deedat and given thee the Book of Circles and officially named it 'The Book of Circles.'
  And I do hereby name My religion 'Circularity.'
  And Lo, from henceforth, all My followers will be called 'Circulars.'
  And Lo, as a reward, My Circulars will go around and around forever in My Paradise of Circularity.
  And Lo, everyone who is not a Circular deserves to die a horrible death because they have rejected My Circularity.
  So heed thou My prophet Joker and Return to My Circularity now before I throw thee into Hell for the infidel thou art. There. The fact that I said it and put it down in a book makes it all true!'"
  (Note: using the words "thee" and "thou" instead of "you" makes your beliefs sound more religious and true-sounding. You always want to use words that make your religion sound official when its factual foundations are weak, you see)
  To this the still-offended Muslim would respond by saying,
  "That's ridiculous! You can't make claims based on a book you wrote after the first ones were written and then claim to correct the earlier ones! Have you never heard of the Law of First Mention? You cannot write a new book and claim all the previous ones were in error and must match your new one. That's unfair. It is the book which comes after which must prove that it aligns perfectly with the ones written earlier!"
  To which the Christians would say,
  "Our point exactly." 

Jesus is Lord!
Disclaimer: The above is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.  

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