Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  • Hi Christopher,
    Are you stating as fact that Moses wrote the Creation account sometime during the Israelite 40 year sojourn in the Sinai?

    • Gary,

      Thanks for your response and for reading.

      Here’s a few answers to your questions above:
      #1 – I believe Moses wrote Genesis thru Deuteronomy around 1406 (based on a 1446 date of the Exodus). My understanding of the purpose of the Israelite creation and the description of it is based on Moses writing it.
      #2 – I believe the Israelite creation account is a literal event for two reasons. The first is that we now see all of the things described in that creation account. We see water, land, birds, etc. The second is that the Bible regularly refers to the Genesis 1 account as a literal event in Pss 104:7-8; 148:5; Rom 4:17: Heb 11:3.

      Regarding your discussion in the third paragraph about “struggle” you are looking at Genesis 3. This post focuses only on the creation account as told in Genesis 1 and 2. When Satan entered the picture in Genesis 3 the earth and everything in it had already been created. I believe your statements in that paragraph reflect an accurate understanding, but the interactions of the serpent and humans are after the creation of the earth.

      Thanks for reading and sharing, Gary.

      • But what evidence do you have for Moses being the author of the Pentateuch, Christopher? And, what evidence do you have that the Genesis creation story is an historical event other than “the Bible tells me so”?
        Thanks.

        • Gary, Sorry I have been slow to respond. I haven’t had much time at a computer lately and I also wanted to make sure I thought through your questions above.

          The Bible indicates Moses was the author of the Pentateuch/Torah based on Deut 31:9, “So Moses wrote this entire body of instruction in a book and gave it to the priests.” Some other references that Moses was the author are seen in Exod 7:14; 24:4; 34:27; Lev 1:1; 6:8; Deut 31:24-26. In the New Testament, Luke indicates that the first century believers saw Moses as the author of the Pentateuch based on Luke 24:27 and Acts 3:20-23. Paul seems to indicate the same point in Rom 10:5. Those are just a few references I know about but there are many others.

          I have read and heard a lot of the JEDP arguments but see a lot of holes in those arguments. They raise some valid points, but based on my study, Moses being the author of the Pentateuch/Torah appears to be the most likely conclusion.

          Regarding the Genesis creation story being a historical event I believe that it is a historical event for two reasons. The first is that everything described in Genesis 1 can now be seen such as light (Gen 1:3), sky (Gen 1:6), dry ground emerging from the waters (Gen 1:9), light in the sky (Gen 1:12), fish and birds (Gen 1:20), living animals and humans (Gen 1:24-26). All of those things described are what we now see on the earth. The second reason that I see the Israelite creation account as historical is because it is one complete testimony of the creation of the earth. As I outlined above in the post, there are differing creation accounts in other ANE countries. Even within the country of Egypt they had four distinct creation accounts based on the region and the gods that lived in that area of Egypt. And, within those creation accounts the references to creation are very brief. The Israelite creation account appears (at least to me) to be historical because it sets out to describe a clear picture of the beginning of the earth.

          • So you believe that the stories in the Bible are true because the Bible says they are true.

            That is begging the question, by friend.

            I would encourage you to use the same level of skepticism for the claims of your religion’s holy book as you do for the holy books of other religions.

            Peace.

          • Where do you believe that the fine tuning came from?