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This a devotional observation:

 

   Some modern Bible scholars¹ say that the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) were not written by Moses as has been long accepted by tradition.

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  In fact some say Moses never existed.

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  Then who, or what was Moses?

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   Response: A fictional character made up by Jews centuries later.

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   What then, did the wise and educated–and converted to Christianity–Apostle Paul think about Moses?

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   Here are 3 brief passages from the Bible² written by the Apostle Paul I that encountered in my own personal morning Bible reading:

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II Cor. 3:7   “Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face.”

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II Cor. 3:13   “We [Paul and his associates in Corinth]…are not as Moses, who used to put a veil over his face that the sons of Israel might not look intently at the end of what was fading away.”

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II Cor. 3:15   “…whenever Moses [assumed to be the writer of the Torah] is read.”

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   (We’ll accept for the moment as a given, that this New Testament letter from St. Paul is real and has been accurately translated and passed on to us.)

   Without digging deep into the context (as one should), what does Paul’s report sound like?   A myth, a fairy tale, or some kind of metaphor?  Or that he’s describing something, yes very unusual, that actually physically happened?

   If you choose the last possibility, was then Paul possibly deceived, or misinformed, as to the reality of Moses–as have been most Jews and Christians over most of the last several millennia?

   A loaded question with a lot at stake…

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   ¹ Why would scholars say this? Partly, because they believe their studies of ancient languages and cultures lead to this; partly from feeling uncomfortable about anything that appears to seem supernatural.

   ² From the Revised American Standard Version of the Bible.