It is suggested that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, including Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve. So during our weekly Bible study, my youth students wanted to learn more Biblical facts about Adam and Eve. One student insisted that he wanted evidence that Moses was indeed the one who wrote about Adam and Eve. Upon further discussions and proving to him the possibility, he challenged me and asked; how did Moses know about Adam and Eve?
It is suggested that Moses knew about Adam and Eve through direct revelation from God. Also, other explanations maintain that Moses knew about them through the clay tablets written by his predecessors.
Join me in this article, where I write about the sources of information Moses used to write about Adam and Eve. I will also write about who told Moses about Adam and Eve. Read on to find out more.
How did Moses know what to write in Genesis?
It is suggested that Moses knew what to write in Genesis because God directly narrated to Him and directed him to organize the book of Genesis. It is believed that when God first appeared to Moses, as recorded in Exodus 34:6, He revealed to him the history.
Where did Moses get the information to write about the Creation of Adam and Eve?
There are several theories and explanations about where Moses got the information about the creation of Adam and Eve;
This theory suggests that Moses received the information directly from God on Mt Sinai and in the Midian. It is believed that God may have dictated to him over a period of time as he wrote.
New True Theory
This theory suggests that Moses got information about Adam and Eve through generational narrations. It is believed that eyewitnesses of the events in Genesis, in this case, Adam and Eve, passed down first-hand information to their children, who passed it down to their children, and so on.
From the Clay tablets
It is also believed that Moses got the information from Clay tablets because, during those days, clay tablets were sources of storing information. The format of the clay tablets could give a hint about the topic, the writer, and the period it was developed. It is then suggested that clay tablets helped Moses understand the story of Adam and Eve.
Who told Moses about Adam and Eve?
It is suggested that God Himself told Moses about Adam and Eve. This belief is backed up by the idea that God always revealed the future to the prophets; therefore, He would also reveal the past to Moses.
Also, it is suggested that Noah’s family told Moses about Adam and Eve. It is believed that the historical events were passed down from Adam to Lamech, to Shem, then to Abraham. Between Abraham and Moses, it is suggested that there were only four generations, and the directly mentioned was Noah’s family. Therefore, Noah’s family told Moses about Adam and Eve through Obelisks. An Obelisk is a historical source of information; it is believed that Methuselah wrote the history of Adam on the Obelisks, as narrated by Adam.
When did God reveal to Moses the creation?
While there is no solid evidence about the time that God told Moses the creation story, Don Stewart hints that it might have happened during years around 1445 B.C. This is because there is evidence that the Exodus was written in 1445 BC. It follows that Moses wrote Genesis during those years, meaning it was around the same years that God revealed it to him.
How long after Adam and Eve was Moses born
It is suggested that Moses was born approximately 2593 years after creation. To understand this, we need to understand the periods of different generations. The period between Adam’s creation and the birth of Noah is suggested to be 1056 years. Then, the period between Noah’s birth and Moses’s is suggested to be 1537 years. Therefore between the creation of the first humans and Moses, it was 2593 years.
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