Bible Q & A
Who wrote the book of Genesis?
The Jewish community, which has the responsibility
of preserving the Hebrew Old Testament (Rom. 3:1-2)
ascribes this book to Moses. There can be no doubt
that Moses is the author of Genesis as well as the
rest of the Pentateuch (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers
Jesus said to certain religious leaders of His day,
“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father:
there is one that accuseth you, even Moses in whom
ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have
believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe
not his writings, how shall ye believe my works?”
(John 5:45-57). Here is Jesus’ own personal
testimony that Moses wrote scripture.
But what part?
Jesus gave the division of the Old Testament in Luke
24:44: “…All things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets,
and in the psalms…” A little earlier, Jesus,
“beginning at Moses and all the prophets…expounded
unto them (the disciples) in all the scriptures the
things concerning himself” (verse 27). Jesus began
with Moses because it was Moses who wrote the first
five books of the Bible. This does not, however,
preclude the fact that Joshua and later prophets
added further comments to the law as Moses wrote
it. See Deuteronomy 34:5-12 for the account of
Moses’ death. Also Genesis 14:14 where the later
name Dan is used instead of Laish (Judg. 18:29).